The Golden Knights made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday with a narrow win against the LA Kings for a sweep.
The Los Angeles Kings weren’t willing to roll over as they faced the Vegas Golden Knights in an elimination game Tuesday night. They played a physical style and had many chances to score in the first part of the game. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was simply spectacular throughout the game, as he has been all series.
The second period saw the only goal of the game, as former King Brayden McNabb potted a goal 4:04 into the period.
The third period would see the Kings again apply massive pressure throughout, but it simply wasn’t in the cards for them this season and in this series. The Kings managed to pull Jonathan Quick with just over a minute to go and never really threatened to score with the extra skater.
The Golden Knights move on to face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks series, where the Sharks, much like Golden Knights, have a commanding 3-0 lead.
This could be the end of an era in southern California hockey
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have been the go-to guys for this L.A. team for most of the last decade. Sometimes you have to rebuild or change the voice that leads.
The Kings in this season and especially in this series could never seem to get it going as they had in two Cup runs over the last six years. Speaking of change, is it time for Quick to move on, or is he really just about the only constant that should remain? Quick, for his part, was the only reason the Kings weren’t completely embarrassed in this series. Next year, the next year must get younger and faster if they want to get back to the promised land.
Expansion team or not, the Golden Knights are a team chock-full of talent young and old. Bonded together by circumstance, the Knights look like a team that could make a deep run.
Chances are the Knights will face the Kings’ carbon copy style team, the faster and younger San Jose Sharks. That will be a real test if they are to make it through the talented Western Conference. Good luck to the Knights and happy golfing to the Kings.