Game Recap: VGK vs Anaheim Ducks

Golden Knights (33-22-8)  Anaheim Ducks (24-30-7)


With a significant victory over the Florida Panthers, the Vegas Golden Knights capped off a five-game home stint with five impressive victories.


The Golden Knights are amid the longest win streak of the season. With all the momentum of the season seemingly going the Golden Knights’ way, Vegas traveled to Anaheim to play their division opponents, the Anaheim Ducks Sunday, Feb. 23. The Ducks, thus far this season, have been inconsistent with their play more often than not, losing games by making mistakes at crucial points. So a hot Golden Knights team went into the Honda Center with full confidence that they would make light work of the Ducks.

It wouldn’t be that simple. With fortunes going in favor of the Golden Knights, the Ducks were not discouraged and kept up their fighting spirit. Almost immediately, Nick Ritchie rushed the net and tied the game up 3-3 within the first 30 seconds of the game. The Knights, however, responded with two Willie Karlsson goals that completed his third career hat trick and put the Golden Knights up 5-3.

In the last two games, the explosive third periods for the Golden Knights have elevated them above much better opponents, winning the games. But Anaheim did not back down from the Knights and fought back tying the game at 5-5 with a pair of goals from Adam Henrique, one of which came with 1:15 left on the clock.

Going into the overtime period, Anaheim and it’s fans were energized and ready to go back at the Golden Knights. Yet their enthusiasm was curved when Shea Theodore put the game away for the Knights 6-5. The Golden Knights’ win streak extends to to six games now, giving Vegas a much-needed road win against a division opponent.

With this win, the Golden Knights extended their lead in the Pacific Division by three points over Edmonton. The also proved that players other than Mark Stone, who had four assists in Sunday’s game, and Max Pacioretty could take over and win games for the Golden Knights.

With Vegas going into the last remaining weeks of their season, the Golden Knights have almost all division games coming up, essential games since the Knights reign supreme over the Pacific Division so far. Next on the list is the Edmonton Oilers, who have played good hockey this season and currently sit behind the Golden Knights in the Pacific Division.

Edmonton, Sunday night, defeated the L.A Kings 4-2, keeping the Oilers within reach of the division lead. They are coming into the “Fortress” to try and knock the Golden Knights out if their top position. For the Knights, however, coming home with yet another dramatic victory continues their winning streak while also taking another chance to further their hold on the Pacific. No doubt the atmosphere will be one of a playoff game with both teams looking to be top dog.


It’ll all go down at the T-mobile Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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– JaRon Turner – Franchise Sports Media 



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