Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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NHL Playoffs 2018: LA Kings chances much worse without Drew Doughty

NHL Playoffs 2018: LA Kings chances much worse without Drew Doughty

I was able to slide a five-hole, he reacted.

"That was probably halfway through the season, and we went in both those buildings and we got two wins in both of those games".

Don Cherry doesn't agree with the one-game suspension that was handed down to Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty on Thursday.

Alex Tuch scored for expansion Vegas in regulation, and Paul LaDue had the Kings' goal.

Even goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who's had some playoff experience of his own, says there's something special about the Knights. The 2012 Conn Smythe victor stopped 54 of 56 (!) Golden Knights shots.

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Friday was a good example of why his scheme of playing four lines consistently all season is important, as his team continued to play with more pep while the Kings appeared tired as the second overtime wore on. "I saw four hits last that deserve more games than that so we'll see what he does now". "It was a great game, great battle and unbelievable for our fans tonight".

It's a huge blow for the Kings, as Doughty is clearly the team's best defenseman, and possibly its best player.

While the Golden Knights got off to an 8-1 start to the regular season, including three overtime wins, most people expected the first-year team to come back to reality.

It was also an historic night for Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore of Langley, British Columbia. He led all players with a team-high 10 hits in a game that saw a whopping 127 combined hits.

On the Kings' side, coach John Steven's post game interview had the aura of a morgue. Will Carrier just missed a loose puck in front of Quick, tipping it over the net late in the period and at the end of two it was all tied up with 20 minutes to play. "We don't play our best game every night, but we have a chance to win every night. Now we've got to go home to take care of business at home". William Karlsson leads Vegas with 43 goals, David Perron has 50 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 268 shots on goal.

Vegas' 1-0 win was reflective off the work on the ice. The Wild's Zach Parise scored on a power play with 44.8 seconds remaining for Minnesota's goal, coming on the team's third shot of the period.

Both teams had their chances in the first overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes.

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. "He hits this guy, hits his shoulder first and this guy goes off", Cherry said as a replay of the hit was shown.

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