Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Los Angeles Kings for the first meeting of the season at T-Mobile Arena after returning from their 2-game Western Canada road trip.
55 seconds into the opening period, the Vegas Golden Knights jumped out to an early start against the Los Angeles Kings and it was William Karlsson who answered the call. Karlsson came in on the left side of the Kings end and fired the puck that went five-hole on Jonathan Quick to give the Golden Knights the 1-0 lead.
This was Karlsson’s 8th of the season.
Karlsson Opens The Scoring 55 Seconds In
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9:21 into the 1st period, Vegas extended their lead over Los Angeles when Cody Eakin capitalized on a Dustin Brown turn over in Los Angeles end of the ice. Eakin came in on the right side a snapped the puck past Quick giving the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead for his 3rd goal of the season.
Eakin Makes It 2-0 Vegas
Cody Eakin, oh my! pic.twitter.com/cKLTrQ9A44
— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) November 20, 2017
Fun fact: Golden Knights are 6-1-0 when they open the scoring.
Shortly after Eakin’s 3rd goal of the season, Reilly Smith capitalized for the Golden Knights a mistake by Quick when he connected with Karlsson who tapped in the puck in a wide open LA net for his 2nd of the night at the 11:12 mark of the 1st for his 9th of the year.
This would end Quick’s night after he gave up 3 goals on 9 total shots. Kings Head Coach John Stevens made a goaltending change for Darcy Kuemper with 8:38 left of the 1st.
Karlsson’s 2nd Of The Game End Quick’s Night For Los Angeles
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A turnover in Vegas end by Erik Haula proved costly when he coughed the puck to LA’s Alex Iafallo who connected with Trevor Lewis and finished up the play with a backhander goal past Golden Knights Maxime Lagace that ended his shutout bid with 11:25 left in the 2nd that brought it to a 3-1 score.
Los Angeles made it interesting in the final period of the game at the 11:45 mark when Adrian Kempe found Tanner Pearson in the slot and who ended up firing his wrister shot past Lagace that tighten the contest up a bit 3-2 Vegas.
However, the Golden Knights would have the last laugh of the evening when Alex Tuch scored the empty-netter to secure the 4-2 victory for Vegas over Los Angeles.
With the 4-2 victory, the Golden Knights improved to 12-6-1 and moved with a single point behind the Los Angeles Kings the Pacific Division with 25 points. The Golden Knights also made history as the second in NHL to win 7 straight at home during any point of the team’s first season in the league.
Vegas Makes History
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3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (2 goals)
Vegas Golden Knights: Cody Eakin (1 goal and 1 assist)
Vegas Golden Knights: Maxime Lagace (27 saves and .930 save percentage)
Honorable mention: Reilly Smith (2 assists)
The display outside T-Mobile Arena when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
— David Sokoloski (@DavidSokoloski) November 20, 2017