ANGELS – – Sean Walker
and Dustin Brown
scored 51 seconds difference in the second period, and Los Angeles Kings
snapped Vegas Gold Knight
A five-match win streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday.
Cal Petersen made 41 saves and missed his second career finish as Los Angeles avenged the Knights 4-2 win at the Staples Center on Friday with a strong overall appearance in the midday show ahead of the four-game run.
“It’s huge, and I think it helps us in terms of confidence that we can play at this level and beat those kinds of teams,” said Petersen. “I think this is one of our games that are more complete this year, so it should be a good indicator of what we can do and our potential.”
Despite losing eight times in their last 12 matches, the Kings are fifth in the Western Division after a win that could build momentum. After trailing by two goals at the start of the draw’s first leg, Los Angeles is out for a rematch with a much better focus against its opponents in first place.
“It felt a little different on the bench tonight,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “Earlier that evening, I thought we were waiting for something to happen. Tonight was different. We played really well for 40 minutes, and we knew their push was coming. They are the top team in the league for a reason, and you get a lot of momentum playing in the zone. another team, but I think we responded to it. “
Tomas Nosek scored for the Golden Knights to end Petersen’s closing bid with 3:27 time to play, however Jeff Carter scored a breakaway 55 seconds later to seal the Kings’ first win over Vegas of the season.
“The start is definitely better, and obviously you want to maybe focus on it more, because it’s the afternoon game,” said the Los Angeles captain. Anze Kopitar, who scored two assists. “I think we did a pretty good job starting the game and then rolling on to finally get the first goal and take a two-goal lead.”
Marc-Andre Fleury stopping 28 shots, but Vegas only lost for the third time in 14 games.
After a goalless first period, Walker put King in front with his first goal of the season, pushing the puck under Fleury during a prolonged scrum on the edge of the fold. The stay-at-home defender hasn’t scored since 12 February 2020.
Vegas left the game of strength to the Kings by failing to challenge Walker’s score due to a goalkeeping distraction, and Brown cashed in moments later from close range for his 14th goal of another busy season.
“That second period, we weren’t sharp enough, and that includes the coach,” said Vegas coach Pete DeBoer. “It was a bad challenge from us, and it cost us one goal. They won a lot of battles in the second half, which really set the game up. I still think we had a chance in the third half.”
The Knights had a two-man lead for 91 seconds at the start of the third period after a questionable match delay Drew Doughty, but the King killed all of them.
Vegas sharply stepped up his offensive pressure in the third set, and Nosek scored when Petersen only got part of his hard-hitting glove. Carter restored the lead with a clever breakaway goal from a head-man pass Andreas Athanasiou.
The Kings lost their defenders Olli Määttä in the first period of upper body injury.
The Knights play without the second top scorer Max Pacioretty, who has suffered a lower body injury.
“We took 16 goals from our lineup,” top scorer Mark Stone the word. “It’s not easy. We’re not the only team that’s injured. The schedule is busy, people are going to miss a game or two here and there. People have to improve. There shouldn’t be just one or two people going every time. night.”
Before the match, defender Kings Matt Roy agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $ 9.45 million. The former seventh-round pick has played his regular role in Los Angeles in more than 120 games, recording seven assists in 25 games this season.
“He deserves it,” said McLellan. “We have a lot of confidence in him. I think he feels comfortable here with the group, and he will have the opportunity to be more comfortable. With the rewards comes more responsibility. It’s part of the league, and we will expect more from him. “
Golden Knights: Hosts the Blues on Monday.
King: In Sharks on Monday.
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