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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Islanders – Game 33 – 2022

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Vegas Golden Knights (22-10-1)  | New York Islanders (18-13-1)


Reilly Smith tries to carry the Golden Knights, scoring two goals, but Vegas falls short at The Fortress losing to the New York Islanders 5-2.


Golden Knights vs Islanders
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The Golden Knights returned home to The Fortress from a mini two-game sweep. The dominance on the road is the same dominance the Knights were doing on the road. They wanted to do the same against the New York Islanders at T-Mobile Arena

Returning to the lineup, Alex Pietrangelo was back in the lineup. Unfortunately, the Knights were without Jack Eichel, Shae Theodore, Brett Howden, and Paul Cotter, who was listed as day-to-day.

Logan Thompson was in the net against going up against New York’s Semyon Varlamov. 

The first several minutes of the first period were pretty much even. Both teams had a combined three shots on goal. Vegas was still getting some good chances but was still scoreless.

The game would remain scoreless until Anders Lee scored top shelf over the blocker side of Thompson to put the Islanders on the board 1-0. The Knights would leave the first-period trailing, which is something new. But they got a power play opportunity due to a boarding call on New York’s Casey Cizikas. Going into the second period, Vegas was determined to turn it around.


The first period for Vegas was pretty quiet, but the Knights turned up the tempo throughout the second period.


Golden Knights vs Islanders
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The Knights went into the second period still on the power play from the final seconds of the first period. Reilly Smith would answer the call when he scored from his rebound to tie the game 1-1. 

After the power play, the Knights had the momentum over the Islanders during the first few minutes of the second period. But that momentum would come to a close when the Islanders scored after Hudson Fasching pulled the puck around Alex Pietrangelo and then cut inside in front of Logan Thompson, firing past him to give the Islanders the lead 2-1.

Through the first 10 minutes, the Knights were outshooting the Islanders 12-3, but the stat did not matter as New York would extend the lead 3-1 after Simon Holstrom beat Thompson 5-hole. The Knights were experiencing their customary second-period woes despite outshooting New York.

The Knights needed to answer fast, and they did during the first two minutes of the third period. Vegas was on the power play, and they capitalized on the opportunity when Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the night to make the score a one-goal game again, 3-2.

The game would get scary for Knights fans when Mark Stone would leave the game holding his left leg after a puck shot from Phil Kessel. But surprisingly, Stone would later return to the game.

The game would get out of reach when the Islanders scored two empty net goals, the first from Brock Nelson and the second from Zach Parise, to extend the lead 5-2 for New York and give them the win in The Fortress. For the injury on Mark Stone, Bruce Cassidy is hoping the injury is just a stinger, but he also knows that he was not 100% when Stone went back on the ice later during the game.


Key Takeaways


Logan Thompson ended the night with 24 saves and .875% SV. The goal from Reilly Smith would be his 16th goal of the season, leading the team in goals. The Golden Knights are now 1-5 in the last six games, with the only game they won against the Philadelphia Flyers back on December 9th.


The Golden Knights will remain home to The Fortress at T-Mobile Arena as they play against the Buffalo Sabres. They are scheduled to drop the puck at 7:00 pm. The game can be seen on  AT&T SportsNet (channel 313 on Cox Cable) or heard on 98.9 FM, FOX Sports Las Vegas 1340 AM.


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