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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Bruins – Game 27 – 2022

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Vegas Golden Knights (19-7-1)  | Boston Bruins  (20-3-1)

 

Bruce Cassidy returns to Boston and leaves victorious as the Golden Knights defeat the Boston Bruins in Overtime 4-3, ending the Bruins’ 14-game win streak.

 

Golden Knights vs Bruins
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The moment has finally arrived. The most anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the NHL finally happened last night between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Also, this was Vegas head coach Bruce Cassidy’s first time back in Boston since becoming the coach for the Golden Knights. Coming back to the place where he used to coach at had a lot of mixed emotions and also for his players, who were determined to get a win in Boston.

One of the top offensive players, Jack Eichel, who got hurt in the last game, did participate in the morning skate with the Knights but, unfortunately, could not play due to a lower-body injury. The Knights would love to have him and Alex Pietrangelo in the lineup.

Despite missing their two players, the Knights were still determined to get a win to prove themselves that they are the best team in the league. Logan Thompson was in the net and was the right choice to do so due to his impressive play and overall save percentage. Thompson went head-to-head against Boston’s goaltender Jeremy Swayman. 

The first period started in the way the Knights always start, fast and furious. Just a minute and 36 seconds into the game, Paul Cotter scored from a feed pass from William Karlsson to give the Knights the lead 1-0. The lead the Knights had would not let up from there when Jonathan Marchessault scored at the 5:04 mark to extend the lead to 2-0.

 

This game proved to be a Heavyweight fight, with both teams trading blows. Despite Vegas having the lead, the Bruins were outshooting the Knights offensively.

 

Golden Knights vs Bruins
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The second period would start just like the first period. Just 51 seconds into the second period, Paul Cotter would make his presence felt again by scoring on a wild wrist shot to extend the lead to 3-0 for the Knights.

Despite Vegas having the lead in the second period, they were getting outshot by the Bruins. The multiple shots on goal for Boston would pay off when Brad Marchand would score from a centering pass from Patrice Bergeron to put the Bruins on the board 3-1.

What seemed to be in the Knights’ hands with the momentum on their side looked like the tide was about to turn with just 25 seconds left when David Pastrnak would score after picking up a loose puck against the wall and spinning into the left face-off circle to pull the Bruins within one goal 3-2.

The game would get interesting in the third period. The Knights, unfortunately, were on the penalty kill due to a holding call on Keegan Koselar. The power play would pay off when Taylor Hall scored at the 3:08 mark to tie the game 3-3.

Vegas would later have a power play opportunity to retake the lead but was unsuccessful. The game was now going into overtime as both teams were awarded a point. Overtime would see close opportunities for both teams, especially for Boston, as they were on the power play, but Vegas successfully killed off the power play for Boston.

Both teams were still unable to score as the game now was going into a shootout, the perfect way that this heavyweight fight between the two top teams would end perfectly and would not let up. After four scoreless rounds from both teams, Reilly Smith would finally be the Knight in shining armor as he would score in the 5th round to give the Knights the victory 4-3 ending Boston’s 14-game home win streak, handing the Bruins their first loss on home ice this season.

Vegas has sent a message to the rest of the NHL by earning this victory over the top team Boston Bruins, even though the Bruins played a video montage of Cassidy on the jumbotron late in the opening period that ended with a picture of him and said: “Welcome back, Bruce.” after getting fired by them back in June, coming back to Boston and getting a win in the same place where he used to coach at must been motivation for him and the Golden Knights and the Knights made well of their mission.

 

 

The Golden Knights will return home to the Fortress as they play against the New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. They are scheduled to drop the puck at 7:00 pm. The game can be seen on TNT (channel 245 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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