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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Flyers – Game 18

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Vegas Golden Knights (13-3-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-1)


The Vegas Golden Knights had a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

It is game 18 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Philadelphia Flyers. 

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The Vegas Golden Knights continued their Eastern Conference road trip with back-to-back games in Pennsylvania, kicking off with a morning matchup that started at 10 a.m. PT against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite losing three of their last five games in regulation, the Golden Knights entered the contest on the back of a thrilling 6-5 victory against the Montreal Canadiens.

Looking to start a new winning streak, the Golden Knights faced the Flyers in the third leg of their five-game road swing. Vegas was looking to find the same success from the beginning of the month, where they had consecutive wins with a 5-2 victory against Winnipeg and a dominant 7-0 performance over the Avalanche.

The Flyers, riding high on a three-game winning streak, had a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes earlier in the week. Entering the game in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division with 17 points, Philadelphia was hoping to be a tough e challenge for the Golden Knights.

The Flyers were in Vegas last month when the two teams played a thrilling game that saw the Golden Knights trailing 2-1 after two periods. However, Vegas scored the game-winner in the final minute of regulation, extending their season-opening winning streak to seven games.

The Flyers came into Saturday’s game looking to exact some revenge on VGK.

The Golden Knights faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

The Golden Knights started off slow again against the Flyers, and it hurt them in the end.

The Golden Knights vs Flyers game saw VGK fall short against the Flyers.

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The Golden Knights found themselves trailing 2-0 for the third consecutive game, setting the stage for a dramatic ending.

Carter Hart made two crucial saves early on, thwarting a breakaway by Ivan Barbashev, yet the Flyers dominated the opening frame, outshooting the Golden Knights 16-8. Philadelphia broke the ice late in the first period with a power-play goal from Owen Tippett, defying their 30th-ranked power-play status.

Despite the odds, the Flyers converted on their first two power-play opportunities, with Tyson Foerster netting his first of the season 59 seconds into the middle frame. The Golden Knights, however, responded just over three minutes later, as William Karlsson scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season, narrowing the gap to one.

The game took a contentious turn when, almost 10 minutes into the frame, Chandler Stephenson cross-checked Garnet Hathaway well after the whistle. Despite a review indicating no contact with Hathaway’s head, Stephenson received a five-minute major and game misconduct. The Golden Knights successfully killed off the major, and moments later, Jonathan Marchessault scored, leveling the score at 2-2.

The back-and-forth action persisted, with the Flyers regaining the lead 25 seconds later as Sean Walker scored a powerful point shot. In the final minute of the frame, the Golden Knights capitalized on an extended 5-on-3, as Marchessault notched his second of the game, tying with Karlsson for the team lead in goals.

Entering the third period tied once again after trailing by two, the Golden Knights faced a different scenario than their previous game in Montreal. Despite outshooting Philadelphia 10-5, Vegas couldn’t find the back of the net. The Flyers had two power plays in the third, including a late opportunity on a Paul Cotter tripping call, but the Golden Knights penalty kill held firm, forcing the game into overtime.

With only one shot in the extra period, both teams had chances to secure victory. A missed opportunity by Jack Eichel at one end led to Sean Couturier’s game-winner precisely one minute into overtime to give the Flyers the victory.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Flyers was 4-3, Philadelphia.

The Golden Knights will now head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Sunday. They drop the puck at 3:00 p.m.


– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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