What a game!! The Golden Knights take down the L.A. Kings in game 2! It definitely wasn’t an easy task as the game went into double overtime before Erik Haula hit the back of the net with a beautiful five hole shot on Jonathan Quick to end the game. For those who missed it or were to drunk to remember, here’s what happened.
There was a ton of energy in T-Mobile and the crowd was going absolutely wild in anticipation for the puck drop. The first five minutes were slightly delayed and the pace was a little slower due to clock issues inside the beautiful T-Mobile Arena. Kyle Clifford of the L.A. Kings backed into Marc-Andre Fleury and received a penalty for interference. The Golden Knights now have a one man advantage and know it’s time to capitalize. It didn’t take very long into the power play before Alex Tuch slammed one to the back of the net! The Knights are now up 1-0 in the very first period! After some more hard hitting action, Jonathan Marchessault was called for slashing, putting the L.A. Kings on their first power play. The Golden Knights defended The Fortress and killed off the power play ending the first period.
The L.A. Kings dominated the hit count this period with a staggering 47 hits to the Golden Knights 34. It seemed as if the L.A. Kings were head hunting for anyone in a Golden Knights jersey. This led to the Golden Knights going on two more NV Energy power plays but were unable to split the pipes on both. Shortly after, the L.A. Kings had a one man advantage in which the Golden Knights killed with ease by continuously clearing the puck back to the Kings end. With four minutes left and Marc-Andre Fleury screened by Tanner Pearson, Paul LaDue flicked a wrister toward the goal, finding the back of the net to tie the game. With a little hope, the Kings left the ice feeling better about the possibility of a playoff win.
This period seemed to go extremely fast and the majority of it was spent in the Vegas end as the Golden Knights continued to get shot after shot on Jonathan Quick. Jonathan Marchessault had a couple of great opportunities in the beginning of the period but couldn’t find the back of the net. After a couple of backhanders from Kyle Clifford and Anze Kopitar of the L.A. Kings, the clock hit zero and with no goals scored, we headed into overtime.
Overtime started like a street fight as both teams were adding additional pressure trying to show who the tougher team was during crunch time. Both teams also started to play more tactically as there were quick passes for one timers in front of both nets. Anze Kopitar of the L.A. Kings missed a shot fed directly to him and the Golden Knights answered right back as Marchessault sent a quick laser pass to Riley Smith who missed to the side of the net. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare cleared the puck after some hard hitting chaos down ice which went over the net for a penalty. The Kings won the face-off and were officially on a power play in which they were only able to get off some good passes instead of shots. As the clock ran down, the Golden Knights had a total of 22 shots and the Kings, a measly 10 for the period. Going into double overtime, the Golden Knights knew if they kept increasing their shot total, one would eventually find the back of the net.
This is where the boys become men and every last bit of energy these players had in their skates was being used. However, the L.A. Kings clearly look defeated as they were out skated and out shot for four long periods. As a matter of fact, this was the longest game played for both teams in their franchise’s history! Early in the period with 15:22 left, James Neal dished the puck to Erik Haula who deked his way toward Jonathan Quick and gracefully put one through the five hole ending the game with back to back Stanley Cup Playoff wins! T-Mobile Arena erupted with clapping and cheers as the Golden Knights celebrated a well deserved victory over the L.A. Kings, ending the game with a staggering 56 shots on net.