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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Sharks – Game 2 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (2-0) vs San Jose Sharks (0-1)

 

The Vegas Golden Knights traveled to San Jose and came away with a 4-1 win over the Sharks, with the Panda back manning the net. 

It is game 2 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the San Jose Sharks. 

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Thursday night saw the Vegas Golden Knights embark on their first road trip of the year as they squared off against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose. This game also was the Sharks‘ season opener for the 2023-24 season.

The Golden Knights have an impressive track record at the SAP Center, boasting a record of 10 wins, three ties, and 0 losses. Furthermore, VGK’s overall record against the Sharks heading into the game was 20 wins, two losses, and five ties. However, it’s worth noting that in 2022-23, the Golden Knights had a more closely contested series with the Sharks, with a final record of 2 wins, one loss, and one tie.

On Tuesday night, the Golden Knights had a spectacular start to their season, with a 4-1 victory against the Seattle Kraken. It was an emotional game for the VGK as they proudly raised their Stanley Cup Champions banner, following it up with the decisive win. The game featured goals from four different players and contributions from seven players on the scoresheet. Adin Hill, the VGK goaltender, delivered a stellar performance, and the team capitalized on their scoring opportunities. Their penalty kill unit was exceptional, helping solidify their win.

However, in this game, there were some setbacks for the Golden Knights as they had to deal with the absence of forwards Brett Howden and William Carrier. Howden was serving a two-game suspension due to a high hit he delivered to Kraken forward Brandon Tanev during the third period of the game played just before this one. He is eligible to rejoin the lineup in the upcoming game against the Dallas Stars.

In addition, William Carrier had an undisclosed upper-body injury during the season opener. He left the bench during the second period and could not return to the game, subsequently not traveling with the team for this away match.

Making his season debut for the Golden Knights on Thursday was goalie Logan Thompson. In 2022-23, Thompson had posted a record of 21 wins, 13 losses, and three ties, along with a 2.65 goals-against average, a save percentage of .915, and two shutouts. He missed a significant amount of time due to injury, and this start marked his first appearance since March 23, 2023.

The Golden Knights faced off against their rivals, the Sharks, on Thursday night.

The Golden Knights were down a couple of men, but that didn’t stop them from showing why they are the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

It was all VGK in the Golden Knights vs Sharks game.

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In Tuesday’s matchup against the Kraken, the Golden Knights showcased excellent transition play. However, the Sharks effectively slowed down the Golden Knights in the neutral zone during the game’s first two periods on Thursday night.

The Sharks displayed a commendable effort for the initial 37 minutes of the game. Demonstrating patience, the Golden Knights struck with three quick goals in less than four minutes.

Right from the outset, both teams didn’t waste any time getting acquainted. Kyle Burroughs delivered a clean check to Michael Amadio, prompting a quick response. Kolesar promptly engaged in a fight with Burroughs.

Amadio initiated the scoring late in the first period, thanks to Karlsson’s impressive puck-handling behind the Sharks‘ net. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, Mark Stone lost a pivotal puck battle leading to a Sharks goal just over two minutes before the first period ended. A fortunate deflection off Tomas Hertl allowed Filip Zadina to beat Logan Thompson low on the blocker side, resulting in a 1-1 tie heading into intermission.

Throughout most of the second period, both teams had their fair share of scoring opportunities, and it appeared they would enter the third period with an even score. However, Nicolas Hague broke the deadlock with an 89 mph one-timer that eluded Kaapo Kahkonen, making it 2-1. Less than a minute later, Nicolas Roy capitalized on a breakaway to extend the Golden Knights‘ lead to 3-1.

In the third period, Braden Pachael kick-started the scoring with his first NHL goal. Pavel Dorofeyev fed Pachal at the top of the right circle, and Pachal, utilizing a screen by Amadio, found the back of the net.

In a concerning moment, Alex Pietrangelo took a high puck deflection off the visor, causing a cut above his eye. Fortunately, Pietrangelo managed to get up and skate off the ice under his own power, suggesting a positive outlook. It’s worth noting that the Golden Knights are currently missing defensemen Zach Whitecloud and Alec Martinez. Kaedan Korczak would likely step in if Pietrangelo cannot play in the next game.

Thompson, in his first game action in nearly seven months, demonstrated his usual sharpness. The Panda successfully thwarted 22 of 23 shots, marking his first complete game since late January of the previous season.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Sharks was 4-1 Vegas.

The Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights will now host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. They drop the puck at 7:30 pm.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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