Updated: May 22, 2021
Vegas forward Max Pacioretty effortlessly floated the puck from neutral ice and ended up deking Los Angeles’ goalie Johnathan Quick for one of six Knights goals during the game.
The 6-2 victory moves Vegas to 29-11-2 on the season as they continue to stay in striking distance of the first-place Colorado Avalanche.
Up next, Vegas will remain in Southern California to begin a two-game series against the Anaheim Ducks.
The first game is set for Friday, April 16 with puck drop set for 7 p.m.
It was a complete effort against the Kings as six different Knights players scored.
Forward Tomas Nosek got on the board first as he fired a shot past Quick to put Vegas up 1-0 early. It was Nosek’s eighth goal of the season.
Nosek’s goal would start a trend of Vegas simply out-hustling the Kings down the ice as VGK had numerous breakaway opportunities for the game.
The speedy forward Alex Tuch has showcased his speed on the ice all season, but has ramped up the scoring as of late. Tuch fired in goal 15 on the year following Nosek’s goal.
Following one of two goals from Los Angeles’ Trevor Moore, Pacioretty scored one of the mischievous goals of the season. The bounce of the puck in front of Quick completely deked the goalie as the puck bounced opposite of where Quick slid in defense.
The play called for a goalie change from the Kings as they replaced Quick with goalie Cal Petersen closing the first period of play.
Center Chandler Stephenson scored his ninth goal of the season as Vegas continued its dominant showing.
Moore would score his second goal of the game on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to put the game at 4-2.
The third period brought more of the same.
Pacioretty and captain Mark Stone showed why they are one of the deadliest duos in the league as the two created a two-on-two fast break down the ice.
Pacioretty skated up the ice on the right side and attracted the Kings defense before softly laying the puck to the end of Stone’s stick which ended up in the back of the neck. The two have built on and off the ice chemistry as the top offensive players on the roster.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo scored his third goal of the season on a deflection to put the Kings away for good.