Game 20 Recap: Kings hand Vegas their fifth-straight loss

Jeff Carter celebrates his 1,000th game with the game-winning goal...

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Jeff Carter followed the Hollywood script, scoring the game-winning goal by tipping Matt Roy’s shot from the blueline with 7:18 remaining in the third period as the Kings handed the Vegas Golden Knights their fifth-straight loss, 4-3, at Staples Center Saturday afternoon.

For Carter, who also played his 500th game with the Kings, it was his 371st career goal and 713th point. “There was nothing special about it you know,” said Carter. “Win a faceoff, shoot a puck, and go to the net. That’s kind of how the games go for us. We simplify.”

The Kings somehow found themselves with s 2-0 lead on only six shots and eventually built a 3-1 lead after Nikolai Prokhorkin scored his first career goal. But what can only be described as “that’s so Kings,” Vegas took over the game tying Los Angeles with 2:56 left in the second. Throughout the third period, Vegas looked as if they would take the lead on nearly every shot but Jonathan Quick held firm until Carter ensured the win.

Vegas dropped to 9-9-3 and the Kings improved to 8-11-1.

Game Notes

Stars of the Game—Carter (1st), Doughty (2nd), Prokhorkin (3rd)… Jonathan Quick made 28 saves; Malcom Subban had 21… With an assist, Kopitar extended his point streak to six games (3G, 6A)… Vegas is 0-4-1 in their past five games… The Kings won three consecutive games for the first time this season and have only one win less than the Toronto Maple Leafs… Doughty’s first period goal was his 480th career point, moving him past Jim Fox for 10th place on the Kings all-time points list… Iafallo tallied an assist for the fourth straight game and has five points (1G, 4A) in those games… Los Angeles is 6-4-1 all-time against Vegas...

UP NEXT: The Kings hit the road to take on the Arizona Coyotes at 6:00 P.M. PDT at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.


Kings 1. Vegas 0.

Blake Lizotte (2) from Adrian Kempe (4) and Drew Doughty (8)

Kings 2. Vegas 0.
Doughty (5) from Alex Iafallo (6) and Anze Kopitar (15)

Kings 2. Vegas 1.

Max Pacioretty (7) from Reilly Smith (6) and William Karlsson (14)

Kings 3. Vegas 1.
Prokhorkin (1) from Kyle Clifford (4) and Matt Luff (1)

Kings 3. Vegas 2.
Jonathan Marchessault (5) from Cody Eakin (4)

Kings 3. Vegas 3.
Karlsson (6) from Pacioretty (11) and Shea Theodore (7)

Kings 4. Vegas 3.
Carter (6) from Matt Roy (3)


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