Keeping right on track with the regular season, the Las Vegas Knights have been cruising through their first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Kings. They swept the Kings four games to zero. Here's a recap of game three.
Period 1 The Kings jumped out to an early with 6:45 left in the first period when Alex Lafallo scored an easy goal on a superb assist from Anze Kopitar. The stunned Knights struggled all period trying to get any real goal scoring chances. It was clear that being on the road in a hostile environment contributed to their slow start.
Period 2 The second period didn’t see any pucks go past their; however, Las Vegas began to settle down and play their brand of hockey finally. This led to more chances on goal for the Knights. If not for Jonathan Quick playing lights out for the second straight period to keep his team in the game, the Knights could have turned this into a blowout.
Period 3 In the third period, the Knights blew the game wide open, scoring straight goals by Cody Eakin, James Neal, and William Karlsson. Kopitar would score late in the period to try and energize his team’s comeback. It was all for not, as when the final horn sounded the Knights were still on top three to two.
Las Vegas was the first team in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year to go up three games to zero in a best of seven series. The Kings will look to stave off elimination tonight in game four in the Staples Center, as the Knights want to sweep the Kings and get some rest going into their next series.
Update: The Knights completed the sweep last night when they beat the Kings one to zero. They are the first team to advance to the 2nd round this season. The Knights will play the winner of the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks series in the Western conference semi-finals.
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