Haula lifts Golden Knights over Kings in 2OT

Drew Doughty check

Haula lifts Golden Knights over Kings in 2OT

Erik Haula's goal in double overtime gave Vegas a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Los Angeles Kings hadn't given up a power play goal to the Golden Knights all year. until the 14:47 mark in the first period of Game 2.

During Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs 2018 series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings, things got chippy. That meant the Kings were without three of their top four defensemen, with Jake Muzzin and Derek Forbort injured. The most-surprising storyline of the 2017-18 season was the success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Kings need Doughty so they can play their defense-first game. I think it's B.S., really.

The questionable hit by Doughty may end up costing the Kings a lot.

"I think the teams played hard (but) I'm not sure where that number comes from", Stevens said. Not a great start for the guys in orange.Everything you need to know to watch the playoffsNot everyone follows all season, and we understand that. "Sometimes the building gets loud and you can't hear anything, you can't hear your partner talking to you, and you have to know where he's going to be".

"Doughty delivers a high, forceful hit that makes Carrier's head the main point of contact on a hit where such head contact was avoidable", the National Hockey League said in its narrative on the video review of the play.

Coach Gerard Gallant says the Knights were already familiar with the Kings having played them several times this season.

Carrier is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

After the expansion draft, bookies in Las Vegas put the over/under at 26.5 for how many games the team would win. "Like I said, I did not at all intend to hit him in the head, I 100 percent got shoulder first".

Doughty took some hits from Carrier in Game 1, but he said there was nothing retaliatory about what he did. "Everything feels good now". The team's had to defend opposition power plays for just 6.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.

"They played real well", Gallant said.

Doughty is a likely Norris Trophy finalist, and former victor, and his importance to the Kings couldn't be greater. "Going into overtime we just stressed it in the locker room to just keep going after 'em, to keep getting pucks behind 'em, keep playing north, keep playing fast and I think we executed our game plan". With a home crowd in Game 2, it's not out of the question to see the Kings have to go to the Staples Center down 2-0 in the series. We have educated guesses and predictions, but all of that flies out the window once the puck is dropped.

Forwards (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan Carpenter, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, William Karlsson, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.

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Three points including OT winner in Game 1 — Artemi Panarin