History has been made AGAIN! The Golden Knights are officially the first expansion team in NHL history to win their first three playoff games! With David Perron back on the ice, the Golden Knights brought a new level of play that the L.A. King’s are having a hard time adapting to. So let’s take a look a what happened on the ice.
This was hand’s down one of the most aggressive games our beloved Knight’s have played all season. The Golden Knights hit the ice ready to play after Erik Haula’s game winning shot in game two. Erik Haula has never placed an overtime winner between the pipes in his entire career so best believe he came ready to play! After just a few minutes of hard hitting, punch throwing action, Jonathan Marchessault had a beautiful back hand shot on net that was quickly re-directed by Jonathan Quick. This didn’t phase him at all as he followed up with a quick pass to Colin Miller for a one timer that was placed right on net. Derek Engelland came out full of energy after playing 34 grueling minutes in game two. He was able to place a couple of hards hits but after just five minutes, the L.A. Kings had a substantial lead in game time hits. With 14:27 left in the first the King’s earned themselves their first penalty of the game, a tripping call on Shea Theodore. The King’s were able to kill the power play by consistently clearing the puck to the Vegas end but the Golden Knights followed up with a penalty of their own by having to many men on the ice. This caused a little scuffle between William Carrier and Kyle Clifford who tried to go toe to toe before it was broken up by the lineman. Six quick seconds after puck drop, the King’s received a tripping call, which put the game into some four on four action! The power play ended with the score still 0-0 but with 6:43 left in first, Alex Ilafallo of the L.A. King’s had a wide open net and sent one top shelf, giving the King’s a 1-0 lead. This caused the Golden Knights to play a little more aggressive and with 2:23 left in the first, the King’s got to end the period on a power play. Knight’s kill the power play opportunity and the first period ends with the entire Staples Center chanting “Fleury! Fleury!”.
The King’s start the period on a power play that the Golden Knights earned right before the buzzer in the first. After a reach around save that almost went between the legs of Marc-Andre Fleury and a couple of blows thrown from Deryk Engelland in front of the net, the Golden Knights kill off the power play. A nice pass down ice sent Riley Smith puck handling his way toward Jonathan Quick and with a couple of good moves, he gets a great scoring chance that doesn’t find the back of the net. Tyler Tofolli of the L.A. Kings quickly heads toward Fleury and is dished a quick one timer that was deflected off the blocker. After a couple more minutes of aggressive playoff hockey, the Golden Knights draw a penalty and leaves the King’s with a one man advantage. This didn’t matter much to the Golden Knights as Tomas Nosek and Brayden McNabb get a two on one man advantage and get a nice one timer on Quick that was deflected off the blocker. With 2:03 left in the second the Knights kill off the third power play opportunity for the King’s. However, it didn’t stop here. Drew Doughty, who was suspended game one for going head hunting on William Carrier, swapped some words with Jonathan Marchessault and drew a penalty for retaliation. This ended the 2nd period and the Golden Knights hit the locker room with some game planning to do.
The L.A. Kings start this period on a power play that was carried over from the 2nd. After two quick minutes, the Golden Knights kill off yet another power play opportunity without a single puck seeing some net time. With 13:45 left, Cody Eakin gets fed a beautiful one timer from Ryan Carpenter and finds the back of the net leaving the game tied 1-1. Jake Muzzin then gets the King’s a tripping penalty on William Karlsson with just 12:30 left in the final period of the game. The King’s with their flawless ability to clear the puck, kill off another NV Energy Power Play and are leading the Knights in shots on net 30-19. Now this is where things heat up! With just 5:38 left in the third Nate Schmidt sent a flawless pass in front of the net hitting James Neal who went five hole on Jonathan Quick giving the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead. So now its time for the puck drop, Riley Smith gets the puck and sends it to a wide open William Karlsson who drills one to the back of the net! The Golden Knights now have a nice 2 goal lead over the L.A. Kings! The Kings know at this point its time to put it into 6th gear. Drew Doughty draws a penalty and gets a beautiful shot past Fleury with a deflection from Anze Kopitar, bringing the Golden Knights back to a one goal lead. With 1:13 left in the final period, the L.A. Kings pull Jonathan Quick from the net to get a one man advantage. This didn’t help much as the clock hit zero and Golden Knights win their third straight game against the L.A. Kings!