In the past three games, Vegas has been outscored a combined 9-0 in the opening period. "There's no excuse", coach Gerard Gallant said following the 5-2 loss.
First period woes continued for the Golden Knights, who allowed the first goal for the sixth straight game.
LAS VEGAS - Adrian Kempe scored twice and the struggling Kings surprised the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 Thursday night. Vegas leads the National Hockey League shooting 34.3 shots per game while averaging 3.1 goals.
Smith brought Vegas back to within a goal with his 17th, chipping in a backhand feed from behind the net by Chandler Stephenson, but Jarry came up with several big saves down the stretch to deny Vegas' comeback hopes.
Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 19 saves for Vegas, which lost its third straight game, all in order.
Toffoli got in on the action when he scooped up the puck off a face off and fired a wrist shot past Subban's glove.
The Kings' four first-period goals tied for the most goals scored in one period against Vegas this season, matching Philadelphia, which did it on October 21.
Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 20 goals and has 45 points. After 40 minutes Vegas trailed 4-2. Moments later, Kempe buried a persistent bounce in the fold with 1.7 seconds to go over the period.
The Golden Knights halved the spread with two goals in the second period.
Smith started the comeback with his 18th goal of the season, jamming in his own rebound inside the left post. It is the seventh time in his career that he has recorded at least 20 goals in a season.
Kempe added his second goal of the game, and 10th of the season, with eight seconds left.
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