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With Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden McNabb out, how would we ever prevent the other team from scoring? Well, you’ll find out below.
Who scored? What time was remaining in the period? Who assisted who?
- Nicolas Hague scored with 19:10 remaining in the 1st period. He was assisted by Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. 1-0 VGK.
- Mark Stone scored with 10:28 remaining in the 1st period. He was assisted by Max Pacioretty and Shea Theodore. 2-0 VGK.
- Jonathan Marchessault scored with 9:20 remaining in the 1st period. He was assisted by William Karlsson and Nicolas Hague. 3-0 VGK
- William Karlsson scored with 18:35 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hauge. 4-0 VGK.
- Cody Glass scored with 12:57 remaining in the 2nd period. He was assisted by William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty. 5-0 VGK.
- Austin Wagner scored with 12L13 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Dustin Brown and Olli Maatta. 5-1 VGK.
- Dustin Brown scored with 6:27 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe. 5-2 VGK.
After a semi-long break for the Vegas Golden Knights due to COVID, the Golden Knights showed no mercy to the Los Angeles Kings, especially in the first period. Mark Stone and Jonathan Marchessault couldn’t help keep the ball rolling since Nicolas Hague scored not even a minute into the game.
The Kings had a tough time getting the puck past their own blue line in the first half of the period. In the latter half of the period though, Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar had no problem putting shots on goal. Although the Golden Knights dominated Kings in the first, the Kings sure had their chances. Fluery stood tall when needed and continued his excellent play to start the season.
My thoughts on the 2nd period
The Golden Knights scored 2 goals early on in the 2nd period as the onslaught would continue. The Kings pulled Jonathan Quick after William Karlsson squeaked one by for the 4-0 lead and turned to Cal Petersen. Petersen would allow only one goal the rest of the way courtesy of a Golden Knights power play. There would’ve been a 3rd goal later in the 2nd, but the Kings challenged and won, saying it was goalie interference on Cody Glass.
The Kings fared a little better in the period shot wise, but could not get sustained pressure in the Golden Knights zone as Vegas continued to dominate in all zones on the ice.
My thoughts on the 3rd period
Although the Golden Knights won the period and the game, it could’ve been better if it wasn’t for Dustin Brown and Auston Wagner scoring the only 2 goals for the the Kings to break Fleury’s shutout bid. Besides that Fleury did phenomenal in the game. He saved 27 shots, making a total of 29 saves in the game.
Out of Dustin Brown and Austin Wagner scoring those 2 goals, I kept my eye on Wagner all game. He had 8 shots on goal, as one of the primary drivers for the Kings. Overall though, the Kings tried to turn up the pressure in the third to make it a game but it was too little too late.
The Vegas Golden Knights are 6-1-1 with 13 points and did not appear to lose a step since the COVID break. The Los Angeles Kings fall to 3-5-2 with 8 points. Both teams will meet each other 7 more times during the rest of the season. Let’s see if the Knights can keep the Kings in check the rest of the way.