For the first time in almost a week and a half, the Vegas Golden Knights made their return to the ice against the Los Angeles Kings last night. The Golden Knights season had been put on a temporary pause due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among some of the players and staff. After getting off to such a hot start, questions were circulating among analysts and the fan base. Would this pause be bad for the Golden Knights? Would they be rusty? Could the pause be a good time to get some much-needed rest? Well, last night, everyone’s questions were answered…and it only took 50 seconds.
The scoring was started by Nick Hague, getting his first of the year by ripping a shot top-shelf over Jonathan Quick. Hague’s first of the season could not have come at a better time. The perfect start for the Golden Knights within the first minute of the game. The Knights would get another midway through the first from their captain Mark Stone. The Knights did what they did best, leaving the defensive zone on a huge rush, had great passing, and plenty of traffic in front of the net. On the play, Max Pacioretty continued to be red hot, getting his third assist on the year and ninth overall point.
After going up two goals, the Golden Knights figured, why not one more? So Jonathan Marchessault would gladly oblige and bury his second goal of the year. The third goal of the night for the Golden Knights coming only a minute after the second, and once again all thanks to some timely passing and traffic in front of the net.
Entering the second period, the Golden Knights had a three-goal lead. With Marc-Andre Fleury stopping all 10 Kings shots, it was the perfect start. But the Golden Knights were not done there. Only a minute and a half into the period, William Karlsson got his third of the year, slamming it home through Quick’s five-hole. This would be the nail in the coffin for Quick, as he would be pulled by head coach Todd McLellan. Many may say that a team is on their game, especially when you get a goalie of Quick’s caliber pulled from a game.
Giving up four goals on 11 shots, the Kings put in backup Calvin Petersen. Petersen would fair much better than Quick, stopping 24 of 25 shots for the remainder of the game. The last goal for the Golden Knights coming at the 7:03 mark of the 2nd from Cody Glass.
At the end of the game, the Kings would manage to get two on Fleury, both goals coming in the third period. The Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings five to two.
Golden Knights Win First Game After Ten Day COVID-19 Pause
Recapping the game in its entirety, the layoff for the Golden Knights would fair quite nicely for them, five different players scoring in the game. Fleury stopping 27 of 29 total shots from the Kings, after not playing in a game since January 24th against the Arizona Coyotes. Stone would continue to add to his great season as the first captain for the Golden Knights. Pacioretty would get another assist on Glass’ goal, notching his tenth point of the young season. Karlsson getting his goal along with two assists of his own (one on the Marchessault goal and another on the goal by Glass), bringing his point total up to six in eight games.
After all was said and done last night, the Golden Knights had a near-perfect game. Between solid goaltending, good penalty kill, a powerplay goal, and plenty of rubber to the net, it was a formula for success. The season is still young, but a win is a win, and the Golden Knights are still rolling.
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