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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Kraken – Game 3

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Golden Knights (3-0-0)  | Seattle Kraken (1-1-1)

 

The Vegas Golden Knights spoiled the Seattle Kraken’s home opener Saturday night with a 5-2 win. They remain undefeated all-time against the Kraken (5-0) and undefeated in the young 2022-23 NHL season.

 

Golden Knights vs Kraken
Photo Credit: Jason Redmond/AP

The Vegas Golden Knights continued their winning ways defeating the Seattle Kraken on Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Vegas once again had the privilege of facing Martin Jones, and for the 9th time in 24 starts against the Golden Knights, he did not finish a game he started.

Jones surrendered five goals on 24 shots, with 2 of the five coming with Vegas on the power play. Keegan Kolesar got things started quickly with a goal just 12 seconds into the game, finishing off a pass by William Carrier, who made an aggressive play to force a Seattle turnover.

William Karlsson’s goal ten seconds into an April 2021 game against the Colorado Avalanche still holds up as the record.

Jonathan Marchessault tallied his 2nd goal of the season, and first of the game, on the power play after drifting off into open territory and firing home a feed from Nicolas Roy.

The floodgates were then opened for the Golden Knights to round out the second period.

 

Golden Knights vs Kraken
Photo Credit: Jason Redmond/AP

In the second period, Reilly Smith also found the back of the net on the power play, and Marchessault tallied his 2nd goal on a bad angle shot from the goal line that made Jones look very silly.

Shea Theodore ended the period with Vegas’ fifth goal of the game, putting home a pass set up by Phil Kessel with just seconds remaining in the second period.

The Kraken finally got on the board in the third period when Justin Schultz picked up his first goal of the season, and his first as a member of the Kraken, off a feed from Andre Burakovsky with 6:41 left to play.

The Kraken struck again a few minutes later, this time on the power play to end the Golden Knights’ perfect PK streak at 6, with Jaden Schwartz getting credit for the goal after assists by Vince Dunn and Andre Burakovsky.

Seattle’s attempted comeback ended there, as a late power play for the Golden Knights helped them run out the clock with just a few minutes left to play. All in all, the Golden Knights played a solid game getting off to a quick start. They continued to press and generate chances and ultimately knocked Seattle’s starting goalie out of the game.

Adin Hill was excellent in his first start as a member of the Golden Knights, and he ended the game with 31 saves on 33 shots. Marchessault, Theodore, and Eichel all recorded multi-point games, and the team improved to 3-0-0 on the season.

Hill deserves a ton of credit for the Golden Knight’s win. A lot of questions plague the team’s goaltending with Robin Lehner out for the season, but back-to-back strong performances from Logan Thompson and Adin Hill have given the VGK confidence.

 

The Golden Knights will return to action on Tuesday vs the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The game can be seen on AT&T Sports Net, with the puck dropping at 6 pm.

 

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– Jonathan Randall – Franchise Sports Media

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