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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Kings – Game 14

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Vegas Golden Knights (11-2-1) vs Los Angeles Kings (8-2-2)

 

The Golden Knights once again came up empty in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

It is game 14 of the NHL season, and the Golden Knights took on the Los Angeles Kings. 

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The Vegas Golden Knights had lost for the first time in regulation on Sunday by a score of 4-2 and had fallen to 11-1-1 to start the season. The Golden Knights had recorded a point in every game of the season up until that point.

Wednesday night, the Golden Knights were back home to take on the Los Angeles Kings in a Pacific Division battle between the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the division. It was the second meeting between both squads and on October 28th, the Golden Knights had won 4-3 in a shootout.

Vegas owned an all-time record of 16-11-3 in games played against Los Angeles, and a victory that night could have created more distance in the standings between the first-place Golden Knights and the third-place Kings. Chandler Stephenson was day-to-day with an injury, and he was going to miss at least the next two games.

The Golden Knights faced off against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

One game after they had suffered their first regulation defeat of the season, the Vegas had to face a tough Kings team out for blood.  

The Golden Knights vs Kings game saw the Kings victorious over VGK.

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Trailing 3-0, Vegas was 5:27 away from being shut out for the first time that season before William Karlsson scored to bring Vegas within two. However, the Golden Knights were unable to cut the deficit further, and they ended the game with an 11-2-1 record for the year.

After a scoreless first period, Adrian Kempe had opened the scoring 11:30 into the middle frame. It had come on the best shift of the game, a relentless push by the Kings‘ top line of Anze Kopitar, Kempe, and Quinton Byfield. Adin Hill had robbed Kopitar on a backdoor attempt, but the Kings broke through on their next chance.

A point shot by Jordan Spence had been blocked by Alex Pietrangelo, but the puck had landed in front of Kempe, who had batted it out of the air and into the yawning cage.

Trevor Moore had scored on the power play with 4:02 remaining in the second period, putting the Golden Knights in a rare two-goal hole. Moore had deflected a point shot, once again taken by Spence, lifting the puck up and over Hill’s shoulder.

The Golden Knights had started the third period on the power play, but a Mark Stone hooking call had negated the man advantage one minute in.

On the ensuing power play, the Kings had extended their lead to 3-0 when Pierre-Luc DuBois netted his fourth of the year. The puck had bounced off the backboards, and DuBois had beaten Hill as he had slid across the crease.

At 14:33 of the third, Karlsson had ended Cam Talbot’s impressive shutout bid, beating him cleanly with his seventh tally of the year to make it 3-1. The goal had put Karlsson in first place on the team in goals (7) and points (16).

But that had been the only goal that Talbot had allowed. With just 12 seconds on the clock, Anze Kopitar had scored on the empty net for his 400th career goal, sealing the 4-1 win.

It hadn’t been a wide-open game by any means. In fact, the Golden Knights had blocked 28 shots. But at the end of the day, one team had capitalized on its chances, while the other had not.

The final score in the Golden Knights vs Kings was 4-1 Los Angeles.

The Golden Knights will be in action again on Friday night, taking on the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. They drop the puck at 7:00 p.m.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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