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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Flyers – Game 58

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Golden Knights (32-22-4)  | Philadelphia Flyers (18-28-10)

 

The Golden Knights start their five-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Flyers.

Golden Knights vs Flyers
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The Vegas Golden Knights left another critical two points on the board when they suffered a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended Vegas’ two-game winning streak and prevented the Golden Knights from making headway in the Pacific Division standings.

Instead, the Flyers, winners of four of their previous 25 games, completed the series sweep thanks to a strong effort by Carter Hart, who made a career-high 47 saves. The Golden Knights outshot the Flyers 48-21, but Hart’s performance and Robin Lehner’s shaky first period proved to be the difference in this one.

Evgenii Dadonov scored on the power play to make it 2-1 in the second period, but the Golden Knights could not get the equalizer. The Flyers opened the scoring on a harmless shot from the point as Justin Braun sent a floater from the blue line that somehow made its way past Lehner at 4:44 of the first.

It was a tough goal to give up, especially against a team that has struggled to score and win all year. Though the Golden Knights controlled possession for most of the frame, it was the Flyers who grabbed the next one as well. Lehner had denied Kevin Hayes on a wraparound attempt earlier in the period, but he could not get over to the far-side post in time to stop Oskar Lindblom from potting his 10th tally of the year.

It was a deflating goal for Lehner to surrender, and it came with under 51 seconds left in the first, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead after one. Both teams took penalties all night (including two aside in the first), but it was the Flyers who committed the costly one just under six minutes into the second period when they got caught with too many men on the ice.

 

The Golden Knights went back to their newly-established, go-to tic-tac-toe play on the power play, and this time they cashed in.

 

Golden Knights vs Flyers
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Jack Eichel fed Jonathan Marchessault, who found Dadonov in the bumper for the one-timer. The goal made it 2-1 at 6:26 of the second period, as the Golden Knights scored a power-play goal for the second straight game. Dadonov’s first goal since Jan. 17 and the second point in his last three games.

Notably, it was the Golden Knights’ first power-play goal scored on the road in 2022, and it shifted the momentum in Vegas’ favor. The Golden Knights power play continued to look strong in the second, and if not for two clutch saves by Hart, the Golden Knights would have evened things up at the tail end of the middle frame.

The Golden Knights held a 31-16 lead in shots through two periods and had all the momentum at the sound of the horn. They were the better team in the third period, but Hart took over the game.

Eventually, the Flyers, who have struggled in tight games all season, were content to clear the zone, doing whatever they could to help Hart defend the cage. They generated zero high-danger chances in the third and managed just five total shots and two scoring chances at 5-on-5.

A critical error by Ivan Provorov gifted the Golden Knights a late power play — their fifth of the game — with 1:45 to go. The Golden Knights had five shots on goal, several of which were prime scoring opportunities, but Vegas was unable to get one past Hart on the 6-on-4, losing 2-1 in the end.

 

The Vegas Golden Knights continue their road trip and head to Buffalo to take on the Sabers on Thursday. They drop the puck at 4:00 pm and can be seen on AT&T Sports Net.

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