Mitch Moss On Golden Knights' Playoff Chances

Drew Doughty

Doughty addressed the media Friday and commented on his forced absence from the Kings' crucial second game. "I don't think anybody would be playing tomorrow if those numbers were accurate".

Los Angeles has won 10 of the last 12 playoff series it has played, but it has lost 21 of the last 29 series in which it has lost Game 1.

Vegas will look to take a 2-0 lead heading into Los Angeles for Game 3 on Sunday, and surely the Golden Knights would rather go into that stretch healthy.

It has been a season to remember for the Vegas Golden Knights. That made the Wild 1-for-4 on power plays.

In contrast, nobody on Vegas' roster played more than 38 minutes, with defenseman Nate Schmidt leading the Golden Knights at 37:19. Gallant admitted the Golden Knights have exceeded expectations in Year 1.

"It's exhausting", Golden Knights forward James Neal said. The Kings, by nature a physical team, dominated the hits count 47-34, which was perhaps the only reason they were still in the game. Doughty was third on the Kings in scoring with 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists) and skated a team-high 26 minutes, 50 seconds per game. Los Angeles outhit the Golden Knights 80-56 after the two combined for 113 in regulation.

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On the Kings' side, coach John Steven's post game interview had the aura of a morgue.

"Everything has been flawless, and we obviously hope the playoffs go as well as the regular season". We had some guys play real hard (to) give us a chance to win.

Vegas got on the board first after Jonathan Marchessault's shot went wide and caromed off the end boards. As a double whammy, Vegas still wound up winning 1-0.

LaDue tied it with a power-play goal at the 15:55 mark of the second period with his first career playoff goal, firing a shot from the right point that glanced off the leg of Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland in front of the net and past Fleury, ending a shutout streak of 95:55 by the Golden Knights' goalie.

The pace of the third period was quick, and both teams saw chances with LA spending a lot more time in the Vegas end of the ice.

It marked just the second power-play goal allowed in 13 games by Los Angeles, which led the National Hockey League in penalty-kill percentage. Rock star Gwen Stefani, a Southern California native raised in Anaheim, was shown on the T-Mobile video board delivering a "Go Knights Go!" chant during the first period.

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