This interrupts the Golden Knight’s winning streak by five games and also ends at least one point winning streak against the Canucks in team history.
Most importantly, this keeps the Golden Knights out of the field with the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers, and Los Angeles Kings all ahead of the Western Conference standings. All four of these teams will have a chance to break up Thursday night, too.
The Canucks played a minor hockey game Wednesday night and limited the Golden Knights to a few offensive chances. It would take a miracle, but the Canucks were still scrambled for an accessory spot and kept their hopes alive on Wednesday.
No changes were made to the Golden Knights lineup as they held onto seven defenders and Robin Lehner made his second straight start. It was Organ Donor Night and the team wore special warm-up shirts that were auctioned off.
On a rare occasion, the Canucks started the match strong with a strong start that Bruce Boudreaux was certainly pleased with. But it was the Golden Knights who scored the first goal in the matches.
After a straight win, Brayden McNabb fed a small disc to Chandler Stevenson who found Eshel in the hole.
He hit the crossbar on his first shot attempt, and as the disc fell off, Thatcher Demko miraculously parried the ball away. But unfortunately for him, he returned it to Eshel who did not miss his second chance.
Let’s take it back to Jack 💯 pic.twitter.com/sBat5MZ6Mi
– Vegas Golden Knights (GoldenKnights) April 7, 2022
Eichel now has five goals in his last six games and since joining the Golden Knights, he leads the team in scoring with ten goals.
The Canucks didn’t let that drown them out and scored two goals before the first 20 minutes were up. In their first strong game in the game, Bo Horvat scored with Ben Hatton in the penalty area.
Oliver Ekman-Larson fired a blue-line shot that hit the left Liner board and caused a dramatic recovery that Hurvat benefited from.
Then, just 17 seconds later, the Canucks took the lead.
An unsuccessful penetrating pass from Alec Martinez to Stevenson is picked up by Conor Garland and Jason Dickinson finds a puck. Brad Richardson would end up scoring for his first goal as Cannock.
The Golden Knights ended a sluggish period defensively with a penalty kick to McNab that the Canucks couldn’t score.
In the second period, the Canucks played a minor brand of hockey and did an excellent job of limiting the chances of the Golden Knight. The only substantial attempt by VGK in this period was made by Jonathan Marchesault, which was made in the slot by William Karlsson.
The opportunistic Canucks took their time and took advantage of their opportunities when they came. Off the dash, Elias Petersson made a superb move to set up Tanner Pearson to make it 3-1.
Peterson then scored himself after Ekman Larsson found him in the hole and only had enough space and space to make 4-1. The bell rang after 40 minutes but the bleeding continued into the third minute.
McNabb went into the penalty area again to knock out Pettersson’s legs and Canucks scored after Martinez’s brutal spin on the penalty kick. Peterson scored the goal that put him up to four points on the night.
Canucks fans were heard chanting “Bruce there it is” at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Golden Knights got a five-to-three chance and called for a timeout, but they finished the match with four goals and lost 5-1.
After a five-game winning streak, the Golden Knights dropped a very important game for the Pacific Division and stayed out of the field. They will be playing the Arizona Coyotes at home on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
VHN’s of the Game player: Jack Eichel
He was notable again Wednesday night leading the play as usual and scoring again. But he cannot do everything himself.
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