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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Coyotes – Game 35 – 2022

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Vegas Golden Knights (23-11-1)  | Arizona Coyotes (10-16-5)

 

The Golden Knights try to mount a comeback but fall short again at The Fortress, losing to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2.

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres
Photo Credit: John Locher/AP

Bad things tend not to last long, and in the case of the Vegas Golden Knights, they were looking to end the bad things going from their last two home games as the Knights hosted the Arizona Coyotes at The Fortress in T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights needed to get a win and regroup fast despite their lackluster record at home. Logan Thompson was back in the net as he went up against Arizona’s Karel Vejmelka.

In the first period, the Knights started in the driver’s seat throughout, where Vegas got a lot of good opportunities. Vegas outshot the Coyotes 13-4, 37-9 in shot attempts, and led in chances 16-4 over the Coyotes.

At one point in the first period, Mark Stone had caused a turnover that resulted in a breakaway shot attempt but was blocked by Vejmelka. Regardless of the missed shot attempt from Stone and Vegas pretty much dominated the period on shots. The game was still scoreless, as both teams went to the locker room 0-0 at the end of the first.

This was the first time the Knights were scoreless this season in the first period for two straight games. But the scoreless game would not last long going into the second period.

 

The Knights have always struggled in the second period, but this time the Vegas Misfits would prove otherwise when they got on the power play early.

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres
Photo Credit: John Locher/AP

The early power play opportunity for Vegas worked out tremendously when Daniil Miromanov scored from the face-off circles that deflected off of Arizona’s Lawson Crouse to put the Knights on the board first, 1-0.

The one-goal lead for the Knight would not last long when Arizona tied the game after Juuso Valimaki jammed in a shot in the near post to put the Coyotes on the board 1-1.

The Knights controlled the tempo in the second period, which was rare to see, but it was the tempo that the Knights needed. In the third period of action, the Knights open the floodgates of scoring.

Vegas was once again in the power play situation and delivered when Mark Stone scored by tipping in the shot from Alex Pietrangelo to give the Knights back the lead 2-1. 

Almost a minute after the second goal from Vegas, the Knights would strike again when William Carrier scored from the right circle on a 3-1 attempt to extend the lead to 3-1.

Only a couple minutes later, the Coyotes clawed back again, making it a one-goal game when Christian Fischer scored to put the Coyotes on the board again, 3-2.

The Knights would not fall apart through the rest of the period as has been the case recently, the Coyotes were on the power play due to a cross-checking call on Keegan Kolesar, and Arizona was determined to tie the game, but it would backfire on them. Mark Stone ends the Coyotes’ comeback hopes after scoring a shorthanded goal from his rebound to extend the lead 4-2.

The two-goal lead for the Knights was not enough when Michael Amadio scored a tipped-in shot from Nicolas Hague at the 17:19 mark for a 5-2 final, giving the Knights an ending to their two-game home skid.

Key Takeaway

 

 Mark Stone became the first player in Vegas Golden Knights history to score a power-play and short-handed goal in the same game. William Carrier’s goal in the third period was his NHL career-high 10th goal. Logan Thompson had 21 saves, and Chandler Stephenson had two assists

 

On Wednesday, the Golden Knights will play against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena. 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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