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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Rangers – Game 28 – 2022

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Vegas Golden Knights (19-8-1)  | New York Rangers   (13-10-5)

 

The Golden Knights experience jet lag from their road trip and lose at home against the New York Rangers 5-1 at The Fortress.

 

Golden Knights vs Rangers
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After a successful 3-1 road trip, the Vegas Golden Knights returned home to face the New York Rangers at the T-Mobile Arena. Just like when Vegas head coach Bruce Cassidy went to play his former team, the Boston Bruins, the Golden Knights were playing against a former coach of their own, head coach Gerard Gallant

Going into this game, the Knights were without Jack Eichel again due to a lower-body injury, and Alex Pietrangelo also sat this one out. Logan Thompson was back in the net last night after his stellar performance against the Bruins.

In the first period of action, the Rangers made their presence felt by scoring first when Kaapo Kakko put the Rangers on the board, 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 throughout the rest of the first period, which was a bit of a shocker. Usually, it’s the Knights that control the tempo of games in the first periods. But the tempo belonged to the Rangers as they completely dominated the first period, outshooting the Knights 15-5.

That all changed in the second period after the Knights went on a 5-on-3 power play advantage that worked out very well, allowing Jonathan Marchessault to score off of a feed pass from Chandler Stephenson to tie the game 1-1. Throughout the second period, both teams had multiple power play opportunities, but the second period ended in a tie.

The Knights were getting outshot by the Rangers through the first period and pretty much controlled the tempo of the whole game.

 

Golden Knights vs Rangers
Photo Credit: John Locher/AP

The game was tied, and the defining third period of action would determine who walked away victorious.

Just a few minutes into the period, the Rangers were on the power play due to a tripping call on Shae Theodore. The call paid off for the Rangers when Mike Zibanejad gave New York the lead of 2-1.

The one-goal lead for the Rangers was not enough. Just 24 seconds later, Filip Chytil would score from a Barclay Goodrow pass from the rush to extend the lead to 3-1.

One sequence later was very costly for the Knights when Logan Thompson lost his stick after a small collision with one of his teammates resulting in the Rangers taking advantage of the situation with an Alexis Lafreniere score to give them the 4-1 lead and sealing the victory. The Rangers tacked on another goal to make the final score 5-1.

The Rangers, who scored four times in the third period, are 7-2-1 in their last ten road games. The Knights, known for their will play on the road, looked pretty tired at home, which was honestly not surprising. The Knights have been outscored at home 14-4 over their last three games and lost all three.

For Gerard Gallant, former Golden Knights coach who them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, this was his first victory against Vegas. He went 0-1-1 against Vegas last season, which was his first season with New York. The Knights are missing Jack Eichel and Alex Pietrangelo, and it shows. Regardless, the Knights need to regroup fast and bring the same energy to the Fortress that they have in road games.

 

The Golden Knights will remain home at the Fortress as they play against the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. 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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– Jonathan Randall – Franchise Sports Media

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