Golden Knights hit '21' to place Kings on brink of elimination
April 16, 2018 9:59 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
While the Los Angeles Kings continued to do the hitting, the Vegas Golden Knights instead hit for a natural '21' to continue their astonishing Stanley Cup Playoff run.
James Neal and William Karlsson scored the tie-breaking goals just 21 seconds apart late in the third period Sunday, as the Knights tallied three straight times for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the host Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
The first-year Knights grab a commanding 3-0 lead in the Pacific Division semifinal series. They can complete a series sweep on Tuesday, also in L.A.
Bettors who took Under 5 goals came away with a disappointing push with three of the game's five goals coming over the final six minutes. The public also lost the side, as L.A. went from an opening -140 favorite to close around -165-to-170. But the magic of the Knights continued on the road.
Following deep playoff runs with Pittsburgh and Nashville, Neal posted his 26th career playoff goal to take a 2-1 lead. He skated around a Kings defender and beat L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick low with 5:37 remaining.
Just 21 seconds later – a span which included a pair of icings – Reilly Smith won a battle with two Kings for the puck behind the L.A. net. Smith centered to Karlsson for the tap-in. The first Vegas goal came on a shot by third-line center Cody Eakin (who wears No. 21) at 6:10, countering an L.A. goal in the first period by a motivated Alex Iafallo, who was unhappy being a healthy scratch in Game 2.
Down 3-1, L.A. pulled Quick, leading to a Oscar Fantenberg shot from the blue line being deflected in by Anze Kopitar with 2:04 left. But the Kings could not generate another challenge against Vegas winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.