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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Avalanche – Game 49

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Golden Knights (28-18-3)  | Colorado Avalanche (35-9-4)

 

The Colorado Avalanche spoiled Jack Eichel’s Golden Knights debut with a 2-0 win over VGK.

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights have been shut out in back-to-back games. Since last Tuesday, they have not scored a goal. It’s been 139 minutes and 46 seconds! The Colorado Avalanche spoiled the debut of Jack Eichel Wednesday night as they defeated the Golden Knights 2-0.

The main storyline of this game was that of Eichel making his Golden Knights debut. While he looked promising in brief spurts, he was held scoreless in his first game back from injury. He played 17:32 minutes, had one shot on goal, and four penalty minutes.

Mark Stone was not available for the Golden Knights as he has been placed on long-term injured reserve. Laurent Brossoit got the start in goal with Robin Lehner absent as well. There were also a handful of shakeups in terms of offensive line combinations. The Misfit Line was broken up, and Keegan Kolesar was a healthy scratch for the first time all season.

Brayden McNabb is now the only player on the Vegas Golden Knights roster that has played every game this season.

 

Overall the pace of Wednesday night’s game was that of a playoff game. Both teams were skating fast, creating chances, and the star players for both teams were on display.

 

Golden Knights vs Avalanche
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However, the Avalanche’s top star player did something a little out of character early in the first period. Nathan Mackinnon caught Nolan Patrick up high with a dirty elbow to the face. Patrick, who has had a long history of concussions in his young NHL career, did not return to the game.

The Golden Knights received a powerplay thanks to Mackinnon’s foolishness but did not score.

Both teams got powerplay chances in the first period, with Eichel going to the box for the first time on the night, having interfered with Tyson Jost. Now third-line center Chandler Stephenson got a shorthanded breakaway on the penalty kill but missed the net.

Despite no goals through two periods, it was a highly entertaining contest Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Gabriel Landeskog thought he had the first goal of the game on Brossoit, but it turns out that the puck barely rode the goal line and never went in.

Landeskog was able to redeem himself, though. Just 41 seconds into the third period, the Avalanche broke the scoreless tie with their captain scoring his 23rd goal of the season. Cale Makar set up the play nicely, walking the blue line and feeding Landeskog, who scored on a one-timer.

The Avalanche then extended their lead in the third period with a powerplay goal from Mikko Rantanen. The goal came after Alex Pietrangelo took a penalty because he lost the puck at the blue line and then tripped Landeskog.

Down 2-0 in the third, the Golden Knights started to take risks to try and get back into the game. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore were constantly jumping up on the play. Head coach Peter DeBoer also put the Misfit Line of William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, and Jonathan Marchessault back together. Brossoit was pulled at around 2:30, but the Golden Knights failed to mount a comeback.

The Colorado Avalanche showed the Golden Knights what a good team in the NHL looks like Wednesday night. Unfortunately, VGK continues to struggle, and with the Calgary Flames winning yet again last night, they are now three points out of first place and only four points removed from the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

 

The Vegas Golden Knights will be at home to take on the L.A. Kings on Friday night. They drop the puck at 7:00 pm on AT&T Sports Net.

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