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FSM Recap: Golden Knights vs Wild – Game 53 – 2023

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Vegas Golden Knights (31-16-6)  | Minnesota Wild (24-23-5)

 

It was the Golden Knights vs Wild on Monday night in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights gave the Wild easy goals in a 5-3 loss in front of the home crowd at T-Mobile Arena.

 

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The Golden Knights took on the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Both have combined for a 4-0-0 post-NHL All-Star break record. Monday’s meeting at T-Mobile Arena marked the first of three meetings between the Golden Knights and Wild this season.

Golden Knights have a 10-1-1 lifetime record and a 5-5-1 home record against the Wild. The Golden Knights. are 7-2-1 in their last ten games and trail the Vancouver Canucks by eight points in the Pacific Division.

The Golden Knights honored defenseman Alex Pietrangelo for 1,000 career games played before Monday’s game against the Wild. The team played messages from former coach Craig Berube and former teammates David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester congratulating Pietrangelo on his accomplishment.

VGK general manager Kelly McCrimmon presented Pietrangelo with a golden hockey stick to commemorate the evening.

 

Golden Knights vs Wild First Period:

 

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The Golden Knights used the positive energy from Pietrangelo’s ceremony to score an early goal. Jonathan Marchessault attempted a centering pass that deflected off a Wild defenseman and over goaltender Filip Gustavsson.

A series of three penalties in 1:50 by the Golden Knights opened the door for the Wild. Sheldon Rempal received a holding penalty, the Golden Knights received a bench minor for too many men on the ice, and Brayden McNabb took a poor penalty after the whistle when he punched a Wild player.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Mats Zuccarello converted during the power play.

The Golden Knights converted on a powerplay of their own. Excellent puck movement by the powerplay unit and a well-placed shot by Michael Amadio tied the game.

The teams went into the first intermission tied at two after a high-event first period.

 

Golden Knights vs Wild 2nd Period:

 

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The game went from a high-event first period to a no-event second period. The Golden Knights failed to capitalize on three straight powerplays. Outside of the powerplays, the teams had few high-danger chances. Neither team seems to have found their game.

VGK captain Mark Stone started his press availability by discussing Pietrangelo.

“Still an awesome night for him and his family.” Stone on Pietrangelo’milestone. “Amazing achievement, first guy to do it wearing this jersey. Whether it was a win or a loss, you don’t want to take away how special it was for not only him and his family but all of us.

 

Golden Knights vs Wild 3rd Period:

 

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The Wild scored a couple of fluky goals in the third period. Marco Rossi found a loose puck that Hill thought he had covered to give the Wild a 3-2 lead. Just over one minute later, Matt Boldy scored from the side of the net by deflecting a shot off the side of Hill to give the Wild a 4-3 lead.

The energy was sucked out of T-Mobile Arena until Mark Stone brought the crowd back into it with a slapshot from the right circle.

The Golden Knights failed to convert with the extra skater. Pietrangelo was knocked down at center ice and turned the puck over. Eriksson Ek scored on the empty net to cement the Wild’s 5-3 victory over the Golden Knights.

Coach Bruce Cassidy was critical of the Golden Knights’ mismanaging of pucks and missed opportunities.

Again, it’s puck management for me,” Cassidy said when asked what went wrong in the loss. “I think when we get into trouble, that’s when things unravel for us.”

 

The Golden Knights are back home to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, February 17th, at 7:30 p.m. PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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