In case you missed it last night, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights shocked the entire hockey world by taking a commanding 3-0 lead in their first round series against the Los Angeles Kings.
Three consecutive one-goal wins with one, Game Two, coming in overtime. Remarkable. In last night’s pivotal game from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the Kings held a 1-0 lead well into the 3rd period before Cody Eakin got Vegas on the board:
That goal sucked the goal out of the Kings faithful and set the stage for an electric finish, courtesy of Real Deal James Neal. The veteran sniper makes a slick move along the boards to open up some space and then makes no mistake in sliding the puck through Jonathan Quick’s open five hole.
Check it out:
Defended? No big deal, just shake it off. No angle? No big deal, just put it five hole. There was no way Neal was going to be deterred on this attempt. Here’s another look at this nasty dangle and snipe:
And if you thought that was the dagger in LA’s heart, just 21 seconds later William Karlsson goes to work:
A perfect, “bang bang” play right off the draw for Karlssson and winger Jonathan Marchessault. At this point though, should we really be surprised? After all, this is a team that almost no one predicted to even make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, now here they are up three games to none against a perennial Stanley Cup contender. Amazing. I for one can’t wait to see the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that you just KNOW is coming down the pike one of these days.
Also, we should really stop being surprised at the exploits of Karlsson, as well. The man affectionately known as "Wild Bill" Karlsson had 43 goals and 78 points in the regular season, a 53 point improvement from his totals a year prior. Again... amazing.
Last night was an incredible moment for this franchise, now all they need to do is close out the Kings tomorrow night in Los Angeles to complete the sweep. If they need extra games, the series returns to Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for a Thursday night showdown.