The Golden Knights were also without No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for those two games, but Malcolm Subban made a career-high 41 saves and Reilly Smith scored the only goal in a six-round shootout in a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville on December 8. The 2012 Conn Smythe victor stopped 54 of 56 (!) Golden Knights shots. Gallant admitted the Golden Knights have exceeded expectations in Year 1.
The Golden Knights aren't planning on doing anything different with their game plan now that one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League is out for a pivotal playoff game, but given Doughty's activity in Game 1, it's something Vegas will take note of.
The Golden Knights had seven players with more than 30 minutes of ice time. "I've been on both ends so it's tough to lose them and it's great to win them".
The Golden Knights' locker room looked more like a hospital clinic during the brief overtime intermissions Friday night than a strategic meeting room. William Carrier led the team with 10 hits, and Vegas' aggressive forechecking kept Los Angeles off its game throughout.
The Golden Knights outshot Los Angeles in regulation, 35-20.
"Everything has been ideal, and we obviously hope the playoffs go as well as the regular season".
Vegas got on the board first after Jonathan Marchessault's shot went wide and caromed off the end boards. Those two wins improved the Golden Knights to 19-9-1.
LaDue tied it with a power-play goal at the 15:55 mark of the second period with his first career playoff goal, firing a shot from the right point that glanced off the leg of Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland in front of the net and past Fleury, ending a shutout streak of 95:55 by the Golden Knights' goalie.
Both teams had their chances in the first overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games. "He hits this guy, hits his shoulder first and this guy goes off", Cherry said as a replay of the hit was shown. Rock star Vince Neil got the crowd roaring to start the third period by winding up the air raid siren.