LAS VEGAS (AP) – Writes another milestone for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Marc-Andre Fleury scored 30 saves for his eleventh playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1
The Expansion Club will try to win a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoff series on Friday night
Our organization is a big playoff game and I love the way our team reacts ", said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant," both goalkeepers have played real key roles. It really was not a 1-0 game, it was probably a 4-3 game for somebody, but the goalkeeper was excellent. Everyone has won a large portion of us winning the hockey game tonight. "
Fleury received its first playoff draw since May last year when its penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals
"They are a great team, they like to shoot from points with lots of guys in front of the net and try to shield and flip pucks; maybe I have some more sticks in my legs than the (normal) season and my face, but that's all part of the playoffs, "said Fleury. I felt good, but my teammates were great as well. They helped me a lot, blocked shots and grabbed guys off the net, so it makes my job a little easier. "
The Kings, who outscored the Golden Knights along with their 928 playoff experience, 68-59 But it was Vegas that looked like a seasoned bunch, ready for the postseason, just like the Golden Knights mascot that was set up during a Vegas was physically physical from the outset.
William Carrier led the team with 10 hits, and Las Vegas – aggressive pre-exploration kept Los Angeles from his game. But Carriers offensive use ended up seemingly frustrated in Los Angeles' old defender Drew Doughty, who struck Carrier in the third third of his shoulder in the jaw. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 left wing for the remainder of the game in the locker room as he pulled Gallant's wrath
"Obviously we all saw what happened to the hit … I thought it was a bad hit It's not my decision, "Gallan said. "The referee did not think it was a penalty, but I'm sure people will look at this and make a decision."
The Golden Knights have been dealing with a series of injuries on the regulars' range of the season, including carriers, who Gallant said is day-to-day.
Theodore sat on the panel 3:23 in the first. Tomas Nosek came from the gate to fire a pass on Theodore and blew his wrist through the traffic for the Golden Knights' first playoff goal.
"It was a great game by Nosy and sometimes you just have to get them on the net and those are the goals that happened in the playoffs," said Theodore. "We knew they would come out tough, they're a physical team, but I feel like we are, we're a fast team and we can counter that, we've got pucks in great positions … so, when I think we could have done a good job tonight. "
The Kings, who were 0 for 3 with a man advantage, offered a chance to tie it in the second time when Doughty's rebound found Dustin Brown staring into an empty net two feet away. He raised his shot over the gate.
"I thought our boys were playing hard tonight and I thought we had some opportunities to get a little offense, but I think we need to make it even harder (Fleury) Puck," Kings Coach said John Stevens. "They're a good offensive team, they hurry, they make it in the area and their power play is dangerous so we have to defend well on the defensive to be successful in the series."
NOTES: The Golden Knights were 34-5-2 in the regular season at first and second place in the NHL. … NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was present for the first playoff game in Las Vegas. Los Angeles, which scored 202 league goals and had the league's best penalty, stopped the Golden Knights in all three power games. Los Angeles have won 10 out of the last 12 playoffs that they have played, but lost 21 of the last 29 series in which they lost Game One. … The Golden Knights wore Humboldt Broncos stickers on their helmets in honor of junior hockey players killed when their bus collapsed on a Saskatchewan highway.
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