Golden Knights defends home ice, dropping Kings
The Vegas Golden Knights walked away victorious for the second time in as many games as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, March 19.
This win now means that Vegas moves to 34-26-4 on the year with 72 points in the Pacific Division. Vegas remains in fourth place of the division but trails Edmonton by two points for third and Los Angeles by four points for second.
The season series ends tied at two games won for each side.
Vegas will get set to hit the road for a couple games as they travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to play the Minnesota Wild on Monday, March 21.
Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PST and can be seen on AT&T Sportsnet in Las Vegas.
This game marked the first time that goalie Logan Thompson has started back to back games in his NHL career.
Another notable name that made an appearance in the lineup today was center Jack Eichel. Many had feared he could miss some time after leaving Thursday’s game versus the Florida Panthers early.
Saturday was the first time in six games that Vegas has not trailed at any point during the game. The Knights grabbed the game’s first two goals and never looked back. Los Angeles countered with a goal to cut it to 2-1 but Vegas answered back with three straight goals to win 5-1.
The Golden Knights received goals from five different goal scorers and had ten skaters record at least one point in the game.
One of the most interesting stats from this game is the fact that Vegas only had four shots on goal in the third period compared to 18 for Los Angeles. Vegas was able to convert two of those shots on goal into goals in the third.
“We bent but didn’t break, especially in the third,” head coach Pete DeBoer said.
Vegas was also able to score a power play goal for the fourth straight game as center Chandler Stephenson put home a feed from Eichel early in the second period.
“I didn’t have to do much, just put my stick out there,” Stephenson said. “That’s the kind of player he (Eichel) is, an all-star.”