Vegas lost their first road game of the season to the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 and lost a key player to an injury.
The Vegas Golden Knights lost their second game of the season and first on the road to the Los Angeles Kings 2-6. Not only did the Golden Knights lose the game but they lost confidence in themselves and Mark Stone to an injury. With Alex Tuch already out the team was hoping to keep the injury bug away. Stone suffered a lower-body injury which left him hunched over and skating toward the bench. He skipped the bench and went straight to the locker room and didn’t return.
Mark Stone slowly heading down the tunnel after this play pic.twitter.com/sIXKsdyZnB
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Robin Lehner was pulled after the second period surrendering four goals on 31 shots for an 87.1 percent save percentage. Laurent Brossoit spelled Lehner for the final period and allowed two goals on 16 shots for an 87.5 percent save percentage. Calvin Petersen was in net the entire time for the Kings allowing two goals on 25 shots for a 92 percent save percentage.
Stars of the Game
3-stars – Alex Iafallo had two assists on the night. He assisted on the two Kings’ goals in the second period.
2-stars – Drew Doughty, a staple of Los Angeles, scored the opening goal of the third period on a power play for the Kings. He recorded three assists on three consecutive goals helping on LA’s first three goals of the game.
1-star – Anze Kopitar, another staple of the Kings, scored three goals and recorded two assists in the dominating win. He scored once in every period and had assists in the first and final periods.
Aggressive but not on Offense
The Golden Knights struggled on offense only getting two goals on 25 shots. The Kings scored six goals on 47 shots almost doubling Vegas’ output. Max Pacioretty had the team lead in shots with 5. However, it was Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore who scored for Vegas. The Knights almost doubled the Kings hits recording 41 to Los Angeles’ 21. Keegan Kolesar led the team in hits with eight. He got in a fight as well, his lone penalty of the night.
Vegas almost doubled LA’s efforts on the defensive end blocking 22 shots to the King’s 12. Defencemen Zach Whitecloud and Brayden McNabb led the team with six and five blocked shots respectively. The Golden Knights carried a problem for last season with them into this season. They only had one power-play opportunity and couldn’t score. The Kings on the other hand scored on both of their power-play opportunities. Jake Leschyshyn was booked two minutes for tripping leading to the Kings’ first power-play goal. Alec Martinez was booked two minutes for high sticking in the third leading to the Kings’ second and final power-play goal of the game.
Around the Pacific
This was the Kings’ first game, a win against a division opponent. The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers both got wins in their first games. The Seattle Kraken and the Knights are now tied with 1-1 records. These teams all have two points in the division standings. The Kings have the greatest goal differential at +4. The Knights have the worst after this game at -3. The Vancouver Canucks had an overtime loss in their first game. The Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks have yet to play a game this season.
The Golden Knights return home for the first of three games at home starting with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
The Kings stay at home and host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.