Mood Going into the Game
Martinez on facing his former team: To be honest, this is uncharted territory for me. I've never really gone through this before. pic.twitter.com/UPUgI1aIzq— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 1, 2020
The Vegas Golden Knights looked to feast on a thirtieth-place Kings team in their quest for a franchise best nine-game win streak but they didn’t expected Cal Petersen to act like a brick wall with his 42 saves en route to a 4-1 loss. Anze Kopitar silenced the rabid T-Mobile Arena crowd, opening the game with two goals in the first 7:39 as the Golden Knights tussled with their offensive woes in their first 20 minutes. By they time they geared up, outshooting the Kings 37 to 8 over the final forty minutes, Petersen was in a groove and couldn’t be stopped. The suddenly surging Kings are 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights dropped to 36-23-8 (80 points) and maintained a four-point lead in the Pacific Division over the Edmonton Oilers.
Stars of the Game—Cal Petersen (1st), Anze Kopitar (2nd), Shea Theodore (3rd)… Kings were outshot 19-1 in the third period and 43-17 in the game… Scratches: Kings—Joakim Ryan, Jeff Carter, Vegas—Deryk Engelland, Jon Merrill, Mark Stone… Opposite the brilliant play of Petersen, Marc-Andre Fleury made only 13 saves (.765 Sv%)… The Kings (25-35-6) have won three games in a row… The Golden Knights allowed a goal on the first shot for the second straight game … It was former King Alec Martinez’s goaltender interference penalty that fueled the Kings second power play goals of the night… The Kings blocked 24 shots... Four Kings had multi-point games: Kopitar (2G), Alex Iafallo (1G / 1A), Drew Doughty (2A), and Ben Hutton (2A)… Kings finished the season series with a 3-1 record against the Golden Knights...
Up Next: The Kings open a nine-game homestand vs. Toronto at Staples Center on Thursday.
Kings 1. Vegas 0.
02:01 / 1st Period: Kopitar (19) Alex Iafallo (4) and Ben Hutton (8)
Kings 2. Vegas 0.
07:39 / 1st Period: PPG Kopitar (20) from Dustin Brown (17) and Drew Doughty (24)
Kings 3. Vegas 0.
10:04 / 2nd Period: Trevor Lewis (5) from Trevor Moore (4) and Ben Hutton (9)
Mikey Anderson back on the ice.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 2, 2020
Kings 3. Vegas 1.
13:14 / 2nd Period: PPG Shea Theodore (5) Unassisted
The ducks giving up shea Theodore is still completely wild to me.— Sarah A. (@WriteSaidSarah) March 2, 2020
Kings 4. Vegas 1.
19:04 / 2nd Period: PPG Alex Iafallo (16) from Adrian Kempe (19) and Drew Doughty (25)
Guess which team is winning 4-1 pic.twitter.com/pqu1uiy1Ur— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) March 2, 2020
And The Beat Goes On
We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
More Vegas Salt and Some Choice Whining
Might as well pack up and go home at this point if THAT is staying out of the net. A combo of Petersen playing great and some goofy luck keeping Vegas off the board— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) March 2, 2020
The Elite Goaltending Continues
Mood After The Game
One shot on goal in the third for the Kings— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) March 2, 2020
DeBoer: It's hard to come back. We've been there before through this streak and found a way but tonight we didn't. pic.twitter.com/Nw51VIc2Kb— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 2, 2020
Smith: I think if we played that way against them another nine times we'd win all nine. It seemed like we were getting enough chances, we just weren't hitting the back of the net. pic.twitter.com/KVIY1tgFVr— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 2, 2020