The Vegas Golden Knights keep having “first moments” this season and Friday night was more of the same as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on a double overtime goal to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Vegas Golden Knights got their first taste of Stanley Cup Playoffs hockey on Wednesday night in their 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Friday night, another first occurred as the Knights played in their first overtime game.
Then they played in their first double overtime game.
When Erik Haula scored at 15:23 of that period, the Knights had their first double overtime win, 2-1, and also took a commanding 2-0 series lead.
James Neal entered the Kings zone, and skated to his left, dishing the puck back to his right to Haula. Haula came down the right side and was able to avoid a poke check by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and slide the puck past him as the T-Mobile fans went nuts cheering on the Knights win.
Jonathan Quick made 54 saves in the loss as the Kings were without star defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughtry was out of the lineup as he was serving a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Knights William Carrier in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday night. That left the Kings without three regular defensemen in the lineup as Jake Muzzin and Derek Forbort were out of last night’s lineup due to injury.
The Vegas Golden Knights scored first in the first period on a goal by Alex Tuch, and the Kings answered back with a power-play goal by Paul LaDue at 15:55 of the second period. The game remained scoreless from that point until the game-winning strike by Haula.
The Kings will host games three and four at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday and Tuesday at 10:30 pm ET.