Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Golden Knights defeat Kings, now lead 3-0 in series

Golden Knights defeat Kings, now lead 3-0 in series

That is not the case with the Golden Knights, who beat the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in a stunning victory.

Linesman Derek Amell (75) separates Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula, left, and Los Angeles Kings left wing Adrian Kempe during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

The Vegas Golden Knights were founded in 2017.

Fleury fortified the Golden Knights' net for the entire second period before Eakin tied the game 1:10 into the third frame. The Kings are one of only four teams in National Hockey League history to overcome a 0-3 deficit.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula, left, battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Los Angeles Kings center Alex Iafallo (19) celebrates his goal with center Anze Kopitar during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

That seemed to energize the Kings and for the first period of the nine in the series Vegas looked a bit unsure of themselves.

The Kings had four shots on the power play and a few quality chances.

That goal ended up being a huge one, as the Kings would add a goal up their own but ultimately come up short, in a 3-2 Vegas victory. "It's tough. But a lot of guys on our team have been in those situations before and won in them before". An individual effort goal from James Neal, then another from William Karlsson and Vegas had a 3-1 lead.

Anze Kopitar scored off of a deflection in the final minutes of the period, getting the Kings in striking distance.

Golden Knights defeat Kings, now lead 3-0 in series
Golden Knights defeat Kings, now lead 3-0 in series

The Kings now trail 3-0 in the series.

LOS ANGELES - The nights in Las Vegas go on forever.

The Knights make the improbable look easy, but only because of a balanced, hard-working lineup.

Afterward, Kopitar was reminded that it was just in 2014 when the Kings were down 3-0 in a first-round series to San Jose.

"I think it's a combination of picking the right players, having the right coaches, everyone having the right opportunity and everybody playing for each other and coming to prove something", he said. "So there's at least one game left to be played".

"We've got a goal of winning the Stanley Cup, and we're going to continue that". No penalty was given on the play and it wasn't immediately known if Kopitar was put into the concussion protocol. "Tonight was better again, but not good enough". Brown made a backhand pass up the boards to Kopitar, who found Iafallo in front and he roofed it for a 1-0 lead and the first lead of the series. It did, and Kings fans had something to shout about. "I think they built a team, you know, which is hard to say before it's built". Eleven of them were on that 2014 team. Jason's heading to the Kings locker room.

"They always have guys back in the rush, or on defense. If we believe in them and believe in ourselves, we'll be fine".

"We had a good start there, a good two periods, so we've gotta make sure we play three periods", said Iafallo, 24.

With Kings defenseman Drew Doughty suspended for Game 2, that meant Oscar Fantenberg, who was recently recalled from Ontario, would get more minutes. Kempe kind of hovered over and shook Merrill while he was down.

Just 7:23 into the period, the momentum started to shift and Vegas got a power play on another questionable call on Jake Muzzin, this one for tripping. "I think we've seen that the past couple of games here".

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