OC Register Kings fall in shootout to Knights


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Jul 28, 2004
LOS ANGELES –– A night after the Kings staged a royal rally to surmount a three-goal disadvantage, the Golden Knights turned the roundtables on them, transforming an 0-2 deficit into a 4-3 shootout win at Crypto.com Arena Saturday evening.

The Kings nearly completed another comeback of their own, as they led 2-0 and then trailed 3-2 before sending the game to overtime.

The Kings were looking for their fifth win in six games and their third straight after beating the Coyotes at home Tuesday and in Arizona Friday, when the Kings fell down 4-1 only to triumph 5-4. Yet Vegas, which also played Friday in an overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, prevailed in a matchup of weary legs, meaning the Kings have won just one of their five home games.

Alex Laferriere, Trevor Lewis and Drew Doughty, who had two goals including a dramatic game-winner Friday, found the net for the Kings. Cam Talbot, who earned a win in relief Friday, stopped 27 shots in defeat Saturday.

Former King Michael Amadio, William Carrier and Mark Stone tallied for Vegas. Jack Eichel scored the lone goal in the shootout. Logan Thompson made 38 saves.

In overtime, the Kings killed a Vegas power play, denied Stone on a shot from a dangerous area and nearly won the game with an audacious drive to the net by a fresh-off-the-bench Adrian Kempe, who also missed the net with a menacing attempt just before the final horn sounded.

The Kings spent much of the final 13:34 of Saturday’s action chasing Vegas, despite having a four-minute power play in the middle of the third period and having established a two-goal lead less than 25 minutes into the match.

But with just 63 seconds to play, Doughty’s one-timer from the left point to send the game to overtime continued his heroics from Friday, when he scored a power-play goal as well as the game-winner in the final two minutes of the match.

While the Golden Knights’ grinders accounted for their first two goals, they took their first lead of the night on a goal from their captain Stone and a primary assist from their playoff MVP Jonathan Marchessault. Stone lifted a shot from close range to beat Talbot for his second goal of the year.

With 7:03 shown on the second-period clock, Vegas had made it a new match when Carrier led a two-on-one rush and opted to fire a far-side snipe past Talbot for his first tally of the season.

They had closed within a goal when Amadio crept behind a wall of bodies at the net to sneak a rebound past Talbot, slicing the Vegas deficit in half 7:36 into the middle frame. In addition to the four goals in the frame, there were near misses as well. Trevor Moore had set up a sterling chance for Phillip Danault, pivoting below the goalline to find him on the doorstep for a shot Thompson saved, and Vegas engineered an imposing odd-man rush that fizzled out when Paul Cotter fanned on his shot.

Just before the five-minute mark of the second period, the hosts extended their lead when Lewis stuffed in the product of two vigorous shots, the first by Blake Lizotte and the second by Mikey Anderson. While all three men are known for their defense, Lewis had both his goals this season in his past two home games, Lizotte has notched three points in as many matches and Anderson continued his early-season pursuit of a point-per-game pace.

The Kings got the game’s first goal and the second of the season from the rookie Laferriere. He set up Pierre-Luc Dubois’s zone entry and drive to the net, then cleaned up his rebound to give the Kings a 1-0 lead with 6:47 left in the opening period.

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Vegas challenged that Dubois had interfered with Thompson but the goal counted and the visitors were assessed a penalty. The Kings were unable to convert and needed a five-alarm stop from Talbot on a Jake Eichel breakaway with 1:53 remaining to preserve their one-goal edge. Thompson would return the favor when he stoned the Kings’ top center, Anze Kopitar, on a dangerous wraparound in the second period, emblematic of the blow-trading nature of Saturday’s affair.

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