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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Sharks – Game 55 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (32-17-6)  | San Jose Sharks (15-35-5)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Sharks on Monday afternoon in San Jose. The Golden Knights blanked their rivals, the San Jose Sharks, 4-0 as Mason Morelli scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut.

 

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The Golden Knights met the San Jose Sharks in San Jose in a Monday match-up. The Golden Knights were 3-0-0 against the Sharks this season, 11-0-3 lifetime in the Sap Center at San Jose, and 23-2-5 lifetime against the Sharks heading into the game.

Golden Knights had 68 points entering the game, which is good for second place in the Pacific Division, and they trailed the Vancouver Canucks by 12 points with two games in hand.

Scoring the first goal has not been trouble for the Vegas Golden Knights as of late. Finishing games strong and putting opponents away when the opportunities presented themselves has been difficult. The Golden Knights scored first in each of their games last week and failed to get a point.

On Monday afternoon, VGK got off to a fast start and didn’t look back en route to a 4-0 win.

We had a tough first shift or a couple,” Bruce Cassidy said. “We got lucky. They hit a couple of posts. Logan made some good saves. It could have given them a lot of life. I think we can still play through that stuff, but the fact that we get a quick hitter breakaway goal was probably demoralizing.

 

Golden Knights vs Sharks First Period:

 

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The Golden Knights scored three first-period goals against the last team in the Pacific Division. Zach Whitecloud hit Michael Amadio with a stretch pass from behind the Golden Knights’ goal. Amadio converted on his breakaway opportunity just 2:28 into the game.

It took the Golden Knights just two minutes to get their second goal. William Karlsson attempted a shot from the slot that hit a Sharks defenseman next to the post. Karlsson tapped in the loose puck to make it 2-0 Golden Knights.

Mason Morelli made his NHL debut with the Golden Knights and was fortunate to score a goal. Morelli won an offensive zone faceoff during a Golden Knight’s powerplay. Alex Pietrangelo found Morelli in the slot. All Morelli had to do was deflect the puck on the net for his first career goal in the NHL. The Golden Knights enjoyed a 3-0 lead heading to the first intermission.

 

Golden Knights vs Sharks 2nd Period:

 

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The second period did not have the same excitement as the first period, but the Golden Knights were able to extend their lead. Keegan Kolesar scored off a nice centering pass from Alec Martinez. Morelli got the secondary assist for his second point in his NHL debut.

It’s a pretty special moment,” Morelli said. “It’s kind of hard to put into words. It’s a really good group of guys that were very welcoming, and they made it easy on me, and they made some really good plays.

The Golden Knights took a comfortable 4-0 lead into the second intermission.

 

Golden Knights vs Sharks 3rd Period:

 

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The third period did not feature any scoring, which was just fine for the Golden Knights.

A win against the Sharks was important, but doing so in a convincing fashion was of greater importance. The final score from the SAP Center at San Jose was 4-0 in favor of the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights improved to 32-17-6 (70 points) on the season and gained two points on the Vancouver Canucks (80 points), who lost 10-7 to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

This was Logan Thompson’s first shutout of the season.

 

The Golden Knights are back home to take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:30 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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