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Vegas finds groove versus Nashville

If there was ever a more crucial game for the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday night proved to be one of those crucial games as we head down the stretch of the regular season.

The Vegas Golden Knights captured a 6-1 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday, March 24 from the T-Mobile Arena.

Thursday’s win marks the fourth straight win for Vegas at home.

As we look at the playoff picture for the Knights, the team still trails Dallas by one point for the second wild card spot and trails Edmonton by three points for third in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights currently sit at 35-28-4 on the season with 74 points.

The next time the Vegas Golden Knights will be back in action is Saturday, March 26 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m. PST and can be seen nationwide on ABC or ESPN+.

Thursday marked the third time this season that Vegas has scored six or more goals at home and the first time since Dec. 12 against Minnesota that this has been accomplished. This was also the most goals scored by Vegas in a game since December 28 versus Los Angeles on the road.

This was the first time in a long time that Vegas felt like they were in control of the game from start to finish. The Knights put together another dominating first period similar to what they did Tuesday, March 22 against the Winnipeg Jets.

he difference was Vegas was finally able to convert on the chances that they were generating. By the time the first intermission rolled around, Vegas was up 2-0 and had a sizable lead in the shots on goal category.

Vegas outscored Nashville in every period en route to a 6-1 win.

The story of the night belonged to right-wing Evgenii Dadonov who registered one goal and two assists in this game.

While that might not stand out too much under normal circumstances, this game is a little different given that this is the first game back for Dadonov since being rumored in a trade with Anaheim that was voided due to a no trade clause that Dadonov has in his contract.

“I felt the support from the fans. It pumped me up even more,” he said. “I’ve always loved playing here even when I was coming [to] Florida. It’s a great experience to play in front of this crowd and I still think they’re the best fans in the league.”

One other statistic to point out is the fact that Vegas scored three power play goals in this game. With power plays being an area of concern for the better part of this season, this is a positive sign in the right direction for the Golden Knights.

It was also another productive night between the pipes for Vegas goalie Logan Thompson who made his fifth consecutive start in place of the injured Laurent Brossoit. Thompson saved 35 shots on 36 attempts for a final save percentage of .972.

“We acknowledge that we’re not sitting where we want to be in the standings , but these guys are giving everything they’ve got,” head coach Pete DeBoer said.


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