The Vegas Golden Knights Beat The Los Angeles Kings In Epic Game

Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings defends against William Karlsson #71 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center

Neal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 to play, and the Golden Knights rallied from a late deficit to move to the brink of their first playoff series victory with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek, left, battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Vegas is the first National Hockey League franchise to make the playoffs in its inaugural season.

The Kings had four shots on the power play and a few quality chances.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick can't stop a goal by Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

"Getting both of them back will be a big thing for our team", Stevens said. The Kings on Sunday found out just how discomforting. That followed a game-tying goal by Cody Eakin, and William Karlsson gave Vegas a two-goal lead. They're up 3-0 with a chance to sweep on Tuesday night. Anze Kopitar made it interesting, but the Golden Knights hung on. The victor of the series faces the San Jose Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. The Kings still haven't won a playoff game at Staples Center since they last raised the Stanley Cup in June 2014.

"Yeah, I mean, we're down but we're not out", he said. Especially since they had the better of the play ffor most of this one.

"We've got a goal of winning the Stanley Cup, and we're going to continue that". LA scored first on a goal from Alex Iaffalo. "I think they built a team, you know, which is hard to say before it's built".

"They're a fast, highly-skilled team", Carter said. Jason's heading to the Kings locker room. "They've been helping us young guys throughout the whole way".

"I think when everything is said and done, we'll look back and really appreciate what we did this year and how we played for each other", Neal said.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty reacts after getting hit with a stick by Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Adrian Kempe took down John Merrill and held him down, and Clifford and Brown were doing their usual slamdances.

Kempe, who is 6-foot-2 but somewhat slight of frame, once again was showing his toughness. "But, it felt good to get one". "I think we've seen that the past couple of games here. We've gotta get better". With a second straight overtime game looking likely, Neal took a pass from Nate Schmidt, coolly skated around Kings defenceman Oscar Fantenberg and put a shot between Quick's legs.

"They've been great and it's been fun to watch", he said. "They were coming and the guys did a great job to get the puck out". With three minutes left in the period Kopitar came back to the ice. Kopitar cross-check Erik Haula from behind, landing on top of him during a scrum in front of the Kings' net.

The Staples Center crowd got angry when Eric Haula, the Vegas hero of Game 2, got entangled with Kopitar in front of Quck and swung the butt end of his stick against Kopitar's jaw.

Kopitar was down face first for a second or two, then got up and was obviously woozy. The captain went to the bench for a while but re-emerged at the end of the period.

Golden Knights power play starting to struggle.

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