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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings played in the longest game in franchise history in front of 18,588 strong at T-Mobile Arena.
After defeating the Kings 1-0 in game 1 courtesy of a Shea Theodore goal, Los Angeles was without the services of their star defenseman in Drew Doughty.
Doughty received a 1 game suspension by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his illegal hit to the head on Golden Knights forward William Carrier.
Just like the first game of the series started out the Golden Knights, they would open the scoring once again on Los Angeles.
Vegas was on the games first power play opportunity when LA’s Kyle Clifford interfered with Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury.
With just 4 seconds remaining on the man advantage it was Alex Tuch getting the opening goal for the Golden Knights.
Tuch was right in front the LA net when he connected with the puck that had bounced off the boards behind Jonathan Quick and with an open 4×6 jammed it home for his first ever Stanley Cup Playoff goal. The initial shot that allowed Tuch to get his first was from Jonathan Marchessault.
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The Golden Knights would hold the lead for the rest of the opening period of the game until the 15:55 mark of the middle frame.
Los Angeles was on the man advantage and ended Fleury’s shutout bid when Kings defenseman Paul LaDue connected off a pass from blueliner Dion Phaneuf. LaDue fired a long range wrist shot that found it’s way past Fleury that tied the game up at 1-1.
LaDue would get his first goal of the playoffs.
The contest was deadlocked at 1-1 after LaDue scored the equalizer goal for the Kings.
Both Fleury and Quick would put on a goaltenders duel for the fans to enjoy that lasted for the rest of regulation time as the two clubs would see not one overtime period but two.
For the first time in Golden Knights history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs saw the club play an extra two periods for the most part.
In the first overtime period the Golden Knights kept Kings goaltender Quick very busy as he had to stop 13 shots keeping his team in the game which still had the contest deadlocked at 1-1.
The second overtime period saw the same thing with Vegas as they peppered 9 shots on Quick which brought the total on the night to 56.
56 was a great number for the Golden Knights as it would be Erik Haula scoring the decisive double overtime winner for Vegas at the 95:23 mark of the game. Haula took the puck and sneaked it five hole under Quick for the 2-1 win and a 2 games to none series lead on Los Angeles.
Haula scored his 7th Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career.
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With the 2-1 victory by Vegas over the Kings, Fleury earned his 64th playoff win in net with his 29 save performance and a .967 save percentage effort.
Fleury’s 64th career playoff victory moved him into 12th place all time among goaltender ahead of Curtis Joseph at 63 wins. He is now one win away from reaching the 11th place spot as “The Dominator” Dominik Hašek is currently the owner of that position.
On the other end of the ice, Quick was the busier of the two netminders as he made 54 saves on 56 total shots. He would also go on to record a .964 save percentage in the loss.
For the second straight game, the best player in the hit department for Vegas was Golden Knights forward Carrier. Carrier dished out 11 in game two, one better from his previous finish in the opening game of the series at 10.
The two teams dished out 136 hits combined as LA Kings posted 80, while the Golden Knights recorded 56.
Tonight the Golden Knights set a new franchise attendance record at T-Mobile Arena of 18,588 which bested out game 1 capacity number by over 100 souls.
As Vegas continues to make history in their inaugural season and in the playoffs, they became the fifth NHL club to win their first two playoff games and the second in the first year of existence of a franchise.
They join fellow Pacific Division rivals Los Angeles as one of the five teams to achieve this feat.
With the Golden Knights holding a 2-0 series lead on the LA Kings they are part of group of clubs that when leading after 2 games they have an 86.4% (312-49 record all time) chance of winning the best of 7 affair.
Winnipeg is the other club in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoff to have a 2 games to none series lead as they are facing the Minnesota Wild.
The next two games will be played at Staples Center on the 15th and 17th as the series shifts to Southern California.
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: Erik Haual (2OT game winning goal)
Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick (54 saves)
Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (29 saves)
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