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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Predators – Game 67

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Golden Knights (35-28-4)  | Nashville Predators (30-24-10)


Smashville! The Golden Knights get a much-needed win in a 6-1 rout of the Predators.

Golden Knights vs Predators
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The Vegas Golden Knights picked up a much-needed win on Thursday by defeating the Nashville Predators with a 6 to 1 victory. Evgenii Dadonov tallied a goal and two assists in his “return” to Vegas and received quite an ovation from the fans at T-Mobile Arena. That moment was the real high of the evening, but unfortunately, something else drew a completely different reaction.

Toward the end of the first period, Brett Howden awkwardly went headfirst into the boards near the Predators bench and was eventually taken to the hospital. In addition to Howden, Nolan Patrick did not return after the first period, so essentially the Golden Knights played the entire game with just ten forwards.

Mattias Janmark got Vegas on the board early on in the first period, and Alex Pietrangelo (26) and Chandler Stephenson (32) picked up assists on his 9th goal of the season. Nicolas Roy picked up his 13th goal of the year in the second half of the first period, and the score remained 2-0 after two minutes of play.

The Golden Knights went to the power play early on in the second period, and that’s when Dadonov got on the board and sent the crowd into a frenzy with his 16th goal of the season with Jonathan Marchessault (24) and Stephenson (33) picking up tallies on the goal.

Nashville eventually got on the board during a power play of their own, and Filip Forsberg’s 36th goal of the season came just under 2:00 after Dadonov’s. Roman Josi picked up his 61st assist, and Ryan Johansen added his 32nd on the goal.


The momentum for Nashville didn’t last long, as the Golden Knights went back on the power play, and this time it was Jack Eichel’s turn to score.


Golden Knights vs Predators
Photo Credit: David Becker/AP

It was Eichel’s 6th goal of the year, assisted by Marchessault (25) and Dadonov (13).

The third period remained 4-1 for a good portion of time, but Vegas would tally their final goals of the game in the second half of the period. Stephenson picked up his 16th goal of the year on the power play at 14:42, with help from Eichel (7) and Marchessault (26).

Pietrangelo scored the 6th and final goal of the game at 17:07, with Roy (18) and Dadonov (14) adding another point to their ledger. Overall it was a pretty productive night, as Marchessault, Stephenson, and Dadonov tallied 3 points apiece, while Eichel, Roy, and Pietrangelo had 2 points of their own.

The Golden Knights peppered Juuse Saros with 50 shots and found the back of the net six times, including three goals on the power play. Logan Thompson was spectacular in net for Vegas and stopped 35 of 36 shots, including 30 of 30 at even strength. The lone goal surrendered to Forsberg came on the power play.

Contributions from top players, capitalization on the power play, and excellent goaltending were the ingredients for the Knights’ success last night. The victory is a huge one for Vegas, who needed to keep pace as both the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers won on Thursday.


The Vegas Golden Knights are back at it Saturday afternoon when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. They drop the puck at noon on AT&T Sports Net.

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