In case you missed it, last night the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings went at it in Game Two of their opening round series of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and boy was it a beauty! The two teams needed extra time, going to double overtime to decide the game. But, before we get there, let’s catch you up on some storylines first.
Heading into the game all the talk about the Kings surrounded their defense in the absence of superstar Drew Doughty as he was forced to sit out the contest due to an NHL mandated one game suspension. Doughty took out Vegas forward William Carrier with a high hit on Wednesday night and was dinged a game as a result. Here’s how the Kings lined up on defence last night:
Ouch… that’s not exactly the kind of powerhouse blue line that we’ve become accustomed to seeing in LA. The question is though… how’d they fare? Well, without spoiling things too much, we’ll just jump ahead and let you know that Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped a career high 54 shots. Wow.
Now, to the game at hand. As they’ve done so often this season, the Golden Knights opened up the scoring with a first period rebound goal from forward Alex Tuch.
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The Kings would tie things up in the second period though, with defenseman Paul LaDue finally getting the Kings on the board. His point shot wrist shot somehow managed to elude both Marc Andre Fleury and the traffic in front of him to find the back of the net.
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To the third period we go. No goals here, but fans were treated to some excellent goaltending by both Quick and Fleury. The pair made some even bigger saves in overtime, with the game on the line. First, check out this RIDICULOUS multi save effort by Fleury during a goal crease scramble from the Kings:
Alright, alright... enough highlights. We know what you wanna see... the game winner. We'll just leave this right here...
Knights win! Knights win! I repeat: The Vegas Golden Knights win! The NHL's most successful expansion franchise just continues to keep rolling! Two games to nothing in favor of the new kids... incredible.