Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Wednesday night to win the franchise's first playoff game. The most-surprising storyline of the 2017-18 season was the success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Tuch scored for expansion Vegas in regulation, and Paul LaDue had the Kings' goal.
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"After the first 10 games of the regular season, we knew we had a real good hockey team".
The Golden Knights were also without No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for those two games, but Malcolm Subban made a career-high 41 saves and Reilly Smith scored the only goal in a six-round shootout in a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville on December 8.
"That's one of the best feelings in sports, finishing the game in that fashion", Haula said.
Los Angeles, which allowed a league-low 202 goals and had the league's best penalty-killing unit, stopped the Golden Knights on all three of their power plays.
"It's obviously very positive, everything that has gone on this year, winning the Pacific Division", reflected Golden Knights head coach and Summerside native Gerard (Turk) Gallant in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer. At the end of the third, we did not have a victor, so it was off to overtime. But, for what it's worth, Minnesota battled throughout this one and it was a pretty tight, physical game until the end.
The Golden Knights, who entered the contest 0-for-16 on the power play in their five games against the Kings, ended that streak in the first period with a little help from the dasher boards.
Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg led the team with 53 shifts, while fellow defenseman Alec Martinez led the club with 44 minutes, 43 seconds on ice. The Vegas Golden Knights forward did leave the game and did not return. "Going into overtime we just stressed in the locker room to keep going after them, keep getting pucks behind them, keep playing north and keep playing fast".
"(Quick) gave us a chance to win like he always does", Kings coach John Stevens said.
"We go to their building and it's going to be harder", Haula said. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 43 goals, David Perron has 50 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 268 shots on goal.
- Haula's game-winning goal, the first-ever overtime playoff victor in Golden Knights history was assisted on by James Neal, who scored the first-ever goal in Golden Knights history earlier this season.
Both teams had their chances in overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes. He led all players with a team-high 10 hits in a game that saw a whopping 127 combined hits.