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Double overtime goal gives Knights victory over Kings

April 14, 2018 11:56 AM
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Erik Haula scored with just minutes left in the second overtime. Vegas leads the series 2-0.

Vegas got on the board first after Jonathan Marchessault’s shot went wide and caromed off the end boards. Tuch was in front of the net to clean it up for his first career playoff goal, giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead late in the first period.

The Kings got their first goal of the series on a power play, when LaDue fired a wrist shot from the point to beat Fleury with 4:05 left in the second.

Anze Kopitar tried to convert William Karlsson’s turnover into a 2-1 lead for the Kings, but his backhand was stymied by Fleury with 5:24 left in the third.

Fleury then made successive saves against LaDue and Kyle Clifford as the Kings tried to capitalize on some of their best chances to take the lead. Minutes later it was Quick making big saves against Haula and James Neal.

Both teams had their chances in overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar both sent shots wide of Fleury three minutes into the first overtime, and Neal had a pair of wrist shots blocked by Quick at the other end.

After a bad pass by Shea Theodore led to back-to-back chances for Tyler Toffoli right in front of Fleury, one of Vegas’ best penalty killers, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, was called for delay of game, but the Kings couldn’t capitalize on the power play.

Later in the extra session, Reilly Smith led an odd-man rush but opted for a game-winning attempt, only to be denied by Quick, who also stopped Marchessault’s point-blank shot with less than a minute left in the first overtime.

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