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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Sabres – Game 46

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Golden Knights (27-16-3)  | Buffalo Sabres (14-24-7)

 

The Vegas Golden Knights head into the NHL All Star break with a 5-2 win over the Sabers at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres
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The Vegas Golden Knights smacked the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at home in their last game before the 2022 NHL All-Star break. Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, and Cody Eakin all returned to T-Mobile Arena for the first time in a visiting uniform and were all honored during the first TV timeout.

For the Golden Knights, unexpected injuries to both Nicolas Hague and Zach Whitecloud forced the team to rely on Kaeden Korczak to make his NHL debut. He took his rookie pregame lap wearing a special Lunar New Year jersey which the Golden Knights wore for warmups.

Getting to game action, the Golden Knights dunked on an inferior opponent Tuesday night. They scored 33 seconds into the game with some fantastic passing by the “Misfit Line” of Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, and William Karlsson.

Smith finished off the play with a tap-in goal and scored his first goal in the last eleven games and the second goal in 21 games. Hopefully, this goal gets the monkey off the back for Smith, and he can start scoring again at a consistent pace.

Overall, the Golden Knights played to their strengths Tuesday night. They relied on a quick transition game and scoring chances off the rush to start their offensive drives. They also did a great job of clogging up the neutral zone with the 1-1-3.

The Sabers’ only quality chance in the first period came from Tuch and Tage Thompson on a two-on-one. The Golden Knights lucked out, though, as Tuch’s stick shattered on his shot attempt.

Turnovers cost the Sabres the game, and one of the turnovers that resulted in a goal came late in the first period. The puck escaped the reach of Dylan Cozena and went right to Brett Howden, who sniped a shot on Craig Andersen. Howden now has goals in three straight games.

The Golden Knights extended their lead in the third period with a powerplay goal from Marchessault. The net was wide open for him as a cross-ice pass from Nicolas Roy found a seam and went by a completely clueless Henri Jokiharju.

 

Two milestones were marked on the goal as it was Marchessault’s 20th goal of the season and Alex Pietrangelo assisted on the goal which gave him 500 total points on his career.

 

Golden Knights vs Sabres
Photo Credit: David Becker/AP

The Golden Knights were pummeling their opponents so bad in this game that they started soring on the Sabres powerplay. Howden and Keegan Kolesar went to work and scored the Golden Knights league-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season.

However, the Sabres scored in the second period and ruined Robin Lehner’s shutout as Tuch scored against his former team with a well-placed wrist shot. Tuch now has 13 points in 13 games with his new team.

Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone added salt to the wound for the Sabres to start the third period as Pacioretty fed Stone, who scored his eighth of the season.

After an odd bounce off the boards which made things 5-2, the Golden Knights closed things out with a much-needed rout-styled win over the Sabres. They are now on a six-day break from game action. The NHL All-Star Skills competition starts on Feb 4th at 4:30 pm PST on ESPN, with the NHL All-Star Game following the next day at noon on ABC and ESPN+.

 

The next Vegas Golden Knights game will not be until Feb 8th when the team travels to Edmonton to take on the Oilers The game can be seen on AT&T SportsNet, with the puck dropping at 6:00 pm.

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