Recap: Vatrano and Dostal Lead Ducks to 4-1 Victory in Season Finale

The Anaheim Ducks ended their 2023-24 season with a 4-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. This victory allowed them to finish the season with a record of 27-50-5, placing them seventh in the Pacific Division. Frank Vatrano scored his third hat trick of the year, with a total of 37 goals, and Jackson LaCombe also contributed a goal for the Ducks. Cutter Gauthier made his league debut and collected his first career NHL point, while Lukas Dostal made 28 saves to secure the win for Anaheim.

Rookie goalie Lukas Dostal earned his 14th win of the season with an impressive performance, stopping 28 of the 29 shots from the Vegas Golden Knights. This game also marked the final NHL appearance for Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg, who announced his retirement last week. Silfverberg concluded his career with two blocked shots, one takeaway, and a +1 rating, in his 772nd game as a Duck, which places him fifth in franchise history. On the other side, Jack Eichel scored the single goal for the Golden Knights, who finished the season with a record of 45-29-8.

Pending the result of tonight’s game in Los Angeles, the Golden Knights would face either Dallas or Edmonton in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The game started with a strong performance from Anaheim’s goaltender, Lukas Dostal, who kept Vegas off the scoreboard in the first period despite the hosts’ 11-4 shots advantage. The Ducks then took advantage of this strong start with a power-play goal from Vatrano in the second period, leading them to their victory.

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