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Golden Knights 4, Kings 2: 3 Takeaways

William Karlsson's two goals pace Vegas; Golden Knights now 12-6-1

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The roof, the roof, the roof is on…

Nah, the roof isn't on fire. That's just the Golden Knights.

Vegas stormed LA out of the gates on Sunday and led 3-0 through 20 minutes, and went on to win 4-2.

It was the Golden Knights' second straight win, seventh straight at home and Vegas is now 12-6-1 overall.

Here are three takeaways from tonight's game.

Video: LAK@VGK: Karlsson sweeps in feed from Smith


1. William Karlsson Does It Again

For a team of whom it's been said doesn't have any superstars, Wiliam Karlsson has sure played like it lately.

The Swedish center, nicknamed "Wild Bill," was by far the best player on the ice again on Sunday. He scored two goals in the first period, helping the Golden Knights chase star Kings goalie Jonathan Quick from the game and putting the game nearly out of reach before it got started, although a valiant LA effort made the game close in its final minutes.

To put it in perspective, Karlsson didn't score a single goal in his first six games this season, but now has nine in his past 13 games.

That nine is more than the six he had in the entire season with Columbus last year, and equals his career high.

He's now on pace for 38 goals and 69 points this season.

Sure seems like a superstar.


Video: LAK@VGK: Karlsson goes five-hole with early wrister


2. Not Just Karlsson

It wasn't only Karlsson's two goals in the game's opening 11:22 that keyed Vegas' victory. It was three goals in total -the other by Cody Eakin-during this stretch that ran LA out of the game before it was even 1/6 old.


Video: LAK@VGK: Eakin wires in wrister from right circle


For the Golden Knights, hot starts, for and against, have been an ongoing storyline over the past few weeks.

In each of the team's last nine games, dating back to October 30 against the Islanders, the team that has scored first has won. In particular, the Golden Knights have really blown teams out early at home lately.

The lead was 2-0 in the first period against Winnipeg on November 10, the Golden Knights won 7-0 at home against the Avalanche in the home game before that and it was 3-0 through 20 minutes again tonight.

For a team that's now 8-1-0 at home this season, it's hot starts have, at times, overwhelmed opponents. This was the story again tonight.


3. Kudos To Lagace

When Malcolm Subban was activated from IR on Friday, it appeared to be the end of the line for Maxime Lagace as a starter.


Video: LAK@VGK: Lagace makes big glove save on Dowd


But citing Subban's need for more practice and Lagace's quality performance on Thursday in Vancouver, Gerard Gallant again elected to go with Lagace.

And again, Lagace repaid his coach's confidence.

27 of 29, including several of the high-grade variety in the final minutes, after the Kings narrowed the score to 3-2.

Again, it's hard to say how many more games Lagace will get in goal.

But as the team heads to Anaheim on Wednesday, he's sure acquitted himself well as of late.

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