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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Sharks – Game 29 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (19-5-5)  |  San Jose Sharks (8-17-3)

 

The Golden Knights vs Sharks game was a rivalry on a Sunday evening in Las Vegas. Behind a rowdy crowd at The Fortress, VGK hung on and sent the Sharks back to San Jose with a 5-4 loss.

The Golden Knights vs Sharks played in Las Vegas on Monday.

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The Vegas Golden Knights squared off against their rivals, the San Jose Sharks as the two clubs faced off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.

Sunday’s game against the Sharks was the Golden Knights’ ninth in 16 days. The Golden Knights were 4-1-3 in their last eight games heading into the game. The Sharks had been in Vegas waiting for the Golden Knights, just like the Golden Knights were waiting for the Stars for a couple of days.

The Golden Knights are 1-2-1 on the backend of back-to-back games this season. The last time the Golden Knights had a lopsided game the day before a back-to-back was in early November when they took on the Colorado Avalanche. The Golden Knights defeated the Avalanche 7-0 and proceeded to lose to the Anaheim Ducks the following day 4-2.

The Golden Knights are 2-0 against the Sharks this season with a combined score of 9-1.

The Sharks are 8-7-1 since starting the season 0-10-1. Tomas Hertl is leading the way with 23 points (nine goals). Rookie William Eklund is having a fine freshman campaign with 13 points (six goals). Goaltenders MacKenzie and Kaapo Kahkonen have combined for a record of 8-12-2.

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Golden Knights vs Sharks First Period:

It was the start of the Golden Knights vs Sharks first period. 

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The Golden Knights had an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring the victims of the UNLV tragedy. In a sign of solidarity and support, the Golden Knights players wore special stickers on their helmets, while coaches wore lapels on their jackets.

I don’t know if that affected us today or not, because we certainly weren’t mentally sharp. So there was probably a little bit of that and a little bit of our schedule that played into why we made some atypical mistakes out there,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “At the end of the day, you find a way to win a game, and hopefully down the road we can do what we can to help heal the city again.

The Golden Knights found themselves trailing early. The Sharks scored on their very first shot of the game, taking a 1-0 lead just 29 seconds into the contest.

Mario Ferraro scored short-side on a top-shelf shot from the point thanks to a perfect screen by Anthony Duclair, who left Patera no chance on the play.

It was the end of the Golden Knights vs Sharks first period. 

Golden Knights vs Sharks 2nd Period:

It was the Golden Knights vs Sharks at the start of the second period. 

It took until five minutes into the second period for the Golden Knights to even the game up. Jonathan Marchessault took a pass from Ben Hutton from around the boards which led to a two-on-one. Marchessault beat Kaapo Kahkobnen to tie the game. Chandler Stephenson his second goal in as many games on the power play to give the Golden Knights ta 2-1 lead.

For most of the second, Patera was under siege but held his own. He stopped all 11 shots he faced, including an early 2-on-1, though Vegas held San Jose without a shot in the final 6:08 of the frame.

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Golden Knights vs Sharks 3rd Period & OT:

It was the Golden Knights vs Sharks at the start of the third period. 

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Less than two minutes into the third, Brayden McNabb ripped a shot past Sharks netminder Kaapo Kahkonen to give the Golden Knights a two-goal lead. It was his third point in the last three games.

That brought San Jose back within one just 2:13 after McNabb’s tally.

The shots were 10-1 San Jose through the first six minutes, but Marchessault netted his second of the night to restore Vegas’ two-goal lead just before the midway mark of the frame.

The Sharks responded almost immediately, forcing Patera to come up with a huge stop on Filip Zadina, who was in alone following a Vegas turnover. The Sharks got another power play immediately after but were unable to capitalize this time around.

That being said, the Sharks did find their way back onto the scoresheet, as defenseman Calen Addison, acquired from the Minnesota Wild earlier this season, beat Patera from the slot with 3:45 left in the third.

The Sharks pulled Kahkonen with roughly 2:30 to go, and Hoffman scored his second of the game to make it a 4-4 game with just 38.2 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime.

Eichel had a few great looks in overtime, but Kahkonen turned aside his five-hole bid, while Tomas Hertl blocked his other attempt.

The Sharks had a chance in tight in the waning seconds, but Patera and the Golden Knights made it to the shootout. Vegas was able to take care of business from there.

Though Nicolas Roy was unable to beat Kahkonen on the backhand, Eichel and Marchessault both scored, while Patera neutralized Kevin Labanc and Mikael Granlund for the win.

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The Golden Knights will now host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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