It was old-school versus new-school as the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Los Angeles Kings for Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their first playoff win in franchise history with a 1-0 shutout of Los Angeles.
Vegas took a 1-0 lead before the ink was dry on the free tattoos they gave away pregame.
Shea Theodore recorded the first playoff goal in Golden Knights history on a wrist shot through traffic just 3:23 into the first period.
It was a night of firsts in Las Vegas. Former King, Brayden McNabb, took the team’s first penalty in the playoffs. Wednesday’s game was the first playoff game in Vegas’ history and their first home playoff game as well.
Dustin Brown probably regrets missing a wide open net in the second period after Marc Andre Fleury couldn’t control the rebound off a Drew Doughty shot.
If there were any questions about Fleury’s ability to handle the pressure of the playoff hockey, he answered them. He stopped all 30 shots by the Kings, and even found time to practice juggling mid game.
His trademark style of flopping around in April that he’d become known for was nowhere to be found Wednesday. Fleury looked quite comfortable in the Vegas Knights’ steel grey and gold. He was calm and under control from start to finish. And if that wasn’t enough, he drew a goalie interference penalty on Dustin Brown.
The Golden Knights recorded nine unanswered shot attempts (and 12 out of the first 13) against the Kings to start the third period. Los Angeles had been one of the best third period teams in the league heading into the playoffs. Vegas controlled much of the play in the third.
Knights forward William Carrier left Wednesday’s game in the third period after taking a high hit from Drew Doughty. We’ll see if he faces any discipline for the hit. He was not penalized on the play.
Jonathan Quick had a strong game for the Kings with 27 saves. He was named the game’s third star.
Game 2 of the series is Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
Jake Muzzin (upper body) was scratched for Game 1. He was considered “questionable.”
Defenseman Derek Forbort was also out for Game 1.
Vegas forward, David Perron missed Game 1, but is considered day-to-day.