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3 takeaways from Knights loss: Captain exits early with injury

Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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The Golden Knights were defeated 5-3 by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena, losing for the third straight time at home.

It may not have been the Knights’ most significant setback of the night.

Captain Mark Stone suffered an upper-body injury and did not play in the third period. Coach Bruce Cassidy did not have an update on Stone after the game.

The Knights fell behind 4-1 after two periods even when Stone was playing. The team’s first-ever draft pick, Cody Glass, scored with 52 seconds remaining in the first period to put the Predators ahead 2-1. Nashville added to its lead with two goals in the middle frame.

Center William Karlsson and right wing Michael Amadio scored in the third period to cut the Knights’ deficit to 4-3 with 2:59 remaining, but Predators forward Gustav Nyquist scored an empty-net goal to seal his team’s win.

“It took us awhile to get going,” Cassidy said. “Credit to them, they stuck with it and took advantage of our slow start and I think (their physicality) had a lot to do with them gaining momentum throughout the game.”

 

The Knights weren’t able to get out of neutral and it cost them.

Alex Pietrangelo scored the team’s other goal. Defenseman Shea Theodore recorded an assist in his first game since Nov. 22 because of an upper-body injury that required surgery. Defenseman Alec Martinez added two assists.

Defensemen Roman Josi and Ryan McDonagh each had two assists for Nashville (29-25-2).

Here are three takeaways from the loss:

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