If the pressure of the Stanley Cup playoffs weren't enough, the Golden Knights are facing even more tonight as they host the Kings for Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena. "I'd be surprised if people were really upset that he got suspended one game". However, he fought back eventually, nailing Golden Knights forward William Carrier in the head.
Carrier left the game and did not return, but told Doughty before leaving the ice that he thought it was a good hit, according to Helene Elliott of The L.A. Times. The only noticeable absence was that of David Perron (and it's unclear whether or not he'll play in Game 2 on Friday). The most-surprising storyline of the 2017-18 season was the success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights, who entered the contest 0-for-16 on the power play in their five games against the Kings, ended that streak in the first period with a little help from the dasher boards.
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It was the first post-season victory for the franchise dating all the way back to 1999 when the team was the Atlanta Thrashers. However, the Wild's aggressive nature will backfire and lead to a few power-play opportunities for the home side.
The questionable hit by Doughty may end up costing the Kings a lot.
It marked just the second power-play goal allowed in 13 games by Los Angeles, which led the National Hockey League in penalty-kill percentage. If they can escape Las Vegas with a 1-1 series tie despite missing all of those pieces, it would be considered a huge win.
"We've had a few injuries ourselves this year, and I think the biggest thing is getting used to a new defensive partner and understanding what guys want to do", Schmidt said.
It was the longest game in Kings franchise history, surpassing the 2014 double-overtime thriller when Alec Martinez scored to clinch a second Stanley Cup. "We just need to keep doing what we're doing". The Kings lost game one and are now playing from behind in their first-round series against the Golden Knights. "They won't fill his spot completely, but they'll put someone in there that'll do the job".