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Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings took part in the next chapter of the best of seven series in game three at Staples Center.

In the first two games of the series, the Golden Knights took game 1 by a 1-0 shutout and then the second contest that went to double overtime where Vegas defeated Los Angeles 2-1 courtesy of an Erik Haula goal in front of a record breaking crowd of 18,588.

The opening period of the contest saw a very desperate LA Kings squad come at the Golden Knights with their physicality much like they did in the prior two games of the series.

Their physical game and hard work in the opening 10 minutes of the first period paid off for them and for the first time in the series they opened the scoring.

At the 13:14 mark of the 1st period Alex Iafallo broke the ice for the Los Angeles Kings.

On the scoring play, Anze Kopitar fed the puck over to Iafallo down low and with the Vegas net left wide open roofed the puck over Marc-André Fleury for a 1-0 lead on the Golden Knights. For Iafallo this was his first goal of this years playoffs.

Los Angeles held on to their 1 goal lead until the 3rd period of the game where the Golden Knights mounted a comeback rally.

The comeback rally was started by Golden Knights Cody Eakin.

Earlier in the scoring sequence, Vegas blueliner Colin Miller rang his shot of the iron where forward David Perron collected the puck and fed it over to Eakin in the slot and after his initial shot was stopped by Jonathan Quick, Ryan Carpenter managed to get it back over to the former Dallas Star where he would finally put it past the Kings netminder that tied it up at 1-1, 6:10 in the third.

Eakin earned his 4th Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career.

After Eakin tied the game up for the Golden Knights, they went back to work and the next man up for Vegas was James Neal.

Neal with an incredible play along the boards managed the get Oscar Fantenberg to bite and from the right face off circle went five hole on Quick to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead with less the 5 minutes remaining of the third period.

Neal earned his 26th career playoff goal.

21 second later, the Golden Knights would get a late insurance goal from their regular season leading scoring of the team, William Karlsson.

After Jonathan Marchessault won the faceoff in Kings territory, the puck found it’s way onto Reilly Smith‘s stick behind the LA net and with a sweet back pass to Karlsson who was alone in front of Quick and ended up beating him stick side for the 3rd Vegas goal of the game.

Karlsson netted his 3rd career goal in the NHL’s postseason.

With the Golden Knights ahead by two goals late in the game, Kings Head Coach John Stevens pulled Quick for the extra attacker.

The Kings would make it interesting when Kopitar made it 3-2 Vegas with 2:04 to go after he redirected a long range Fantenberg shot that beat Fleury.

Kopitar’s 1st goal of the series was little too late for the Kings as the Golden Knights held off Los Angeles late rally as they would beat their divisional rivals by a 3-2 final.

Their 3-2 win over the Kings was the third straight game where the Golden Knights beat them by a single goal.

In the opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Golden Knights became the first team to have a 3 games to none lead on their opponent. They also are the first franchise in league history to have 3-0 series lead in their inaugural season in the playoffs.

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Fleury was stellar between the pipes for the Golden Knights in their 3-2 win as he stopped 37 of 39 total shots he faced and earned a .949 save percentage. He also secured his 65th victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game four the best of seven series is this Tuesday where they have the potential to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (game winning goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (37 saves)

Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar (1 goal and 1 assist)

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