Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights took on the Nashville Predators for the 3rd and final time this season.

Before the game started up, the Golden Knights made a transaction move by recalling veteran defenseman Jason Garrison. Garrison will join the team tomorrow in Tampa.

The Golden Knights had the Predators number in the last two meetings this season defeating them in a 4-3 shootout where Malcolm Subban beat his brother P.K. Subban and in Vegas 3-0 that kicked off 2018.

Both the Golden Knights and Predators where playing a very defensively minded game in the first two periods of play with both Marc-André Fleury and Juuse Saros acting like two solid brick walls that kept the game deadlocked at 0-0.

It was in the games third period where the lamp was lit as Nashville’s Kevin Fiala broke the ice for the Predators. Fiala cashed in off of a rebound shot by P.K. from the point who went back bar and out on Fleury that broke the deadlock for a 1-0 Nashville lead just 8 minutes into the period.

Fiala’s goal in the third period would be his 11th of the season with the Predators.

Fiala’s goal would be the only goal scored as he recorded this 3rd GWG this year for Nashville as the Golden Knights came up short in the season series sweep to Nashville with a 1-0 loss to start the road trip.

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At the end of night Fleury would record a lifetime record against the Nashville Predators at 9-5-1 with his 26 save performance in net and a .963 save percentage. His new season recorded after the loss would be 9-3-2.

Jonathan Marchessault at the end of the night recorded the most shots by any Golden Knights player with 10, Brad Hunt was came in a close second with 6.

Vegas also struggled on the power play tonight against the Predators as they would finish off the night with a 0-4 showing. They did however record a total of 15 shots on net on Saros during their 4 man advantage opportunities. This brought their two game total to 10 straight power plays were they failed to convert.

Among the entire Golden Knights roster who skated in the game against the Nashville Predators, it was forward James Neal who logged the most ice time tonight with a 22:18 showing.

Nasville’s Saros was clearly the rock star of game being that brick wall for the Predators with his impressive 43 save night.

The Golden Knights record after the loss would be recorded at 29-11-3 as they maintain their lead in the Pacific Division ahead of the new second place Calgary Flames who are 25-16-4 at 54 points.

They also hold their 2 point cushion in the Western Conference with 61 ahead of the Winnipeg Jets who still have 59 points with a 26-13-7 record.

Season Series Results: 2-1 Vegas win

Postgame Reaction From Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant

Postgame Reaction From Nashville Predators Peter Laviolette

3 Stars Of Game

Nashville Predators: Juuse Saros (43 save performance and his 4th career shutout)

Nashville Predators: Kevin Fiala (Game Winning Goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (.963 save percentage)

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  1. Got straight up goalied tonight. And I wouldn’t say that they struggled on the pp either. Actually, I thought it was the best it has looked in a few games. I’d go as far as to say this was the Knights best game since the 3-0 shut out two weeks ago against the Preds. Put up over 40 shots, had another 20+ blocked, and another handful that missed the net. Marchessault may polish of a bottle of Jack on the plane ride to Tampa.
    The lone goal is something I’d like to see the Knights do more, go far pad on a rush and clean up a rebound. Fleury was at the very top of the crease and had no chance to recover. Even if you start showing that on more often, maybe you can get the goalie to cheat and open some shooting lanes.
    Would have liked 3-4 points out of this trip. Still very possible, but have to win in South Florida and get a point out of Tampa or Carolina. No easy task.

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