On Tuesday night at the Crypto.com arena, the Vegas Golden Knights began their 2022-23 NHL season with a win over the archrival Los Angeles Kings.
The first period was fast and furious as both teams were getting good chances to score but neither could beat the opposing goaltender. At 10:21 of the first period, it was Kevin Fiala for the Kings but Logan Thompson made the save, the de facto number one Golden Knights goaltender.
A minute later, Gabe Villardi gave LA the lead as he got a quick pass from Quinton Byfield, who Thompson had just denied, and beat him with a wrist shot blocker side. The first period ended with the Kings up 1-0.
It didn’t take long in the second period for the Knights to respond. Off a bad line change from the Kings, Vegas found themselves on a three-on-one and Jonathan Marchessault got a great feed from William Karlsson, beating Jonathan Quick to knot the game at one.
Four minutes later, Brett Howden had a great opportunity on a breakaway but was denied by Quick who stood his ground and made a key save. Just like the first period, the second period ended with both teams tied.
The Golden Knights took their first lead of the game less than 90 seconds into the final frame as Jack Eichel, who was parked at the side of the net, beat Quick to give them the 2-1 lead early in the period.
The lead didn’t last long as three minutes later, Adrian Kempe finished the play, scoring to tie the game again after Anze Kopitar managed to pull the puck around the net and leave it for him to put it away.
Vegas managed to regain the lead three minutes later on the powerplay when Alex Pietrangelo got a great pass from Nic Roy and beat Quick with a blast from the point. Arthur Kaliyev responded for the Kings six minutes later when he beat Thompson from in close to tie the game at three.
With the game down to 30 seconds on the clock and with everyone thinking overtime was coming, Mark Stone got a solid pass from Chandler Stephenson and beat Quick from the top of the circle with 24.9 seconds on the clock to give Vegas the win.
Vegas will be back in action on Thursday night in their home opener at T-Mobile Arena where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks.
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