Paul Stastny's four-point performance (2G, 2A) provided the firepower for the Vegas Golden Knights as they seized a 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night at Staples Center.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
The Golden Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead on consecutive goals from Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty. The Kings got a goal back before the end of the first period and Vegas entered the second period with a one-goal lead. Stastny potted two power-play goals in 2:09 to increase the Golden Knights' edge to 4-1 in the back-half of the middle period. In the final frame, Los Angeles scored to cut the Vegas lead to 4-2, but a quick answer from Mark Stone rebuilt the three-goal advantage for the visitors. Marc-Andre Fleury shut the door as he helped Vegas lock down the 5-2 win.
When Dustin Brown scored early in the third period to cut the Vegas lead to 4-2, a wave of energy shifted toward the Kings. As they pressed to get back into the game, Stone took the wind out of their sales with his fourth goal of the season as the Golden Knights held off the Kings in the final period.
Paul Stastny: Stastny enjoyed a four-point night with two goals and two assists.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty's three points (1G, 2A) were crucial in the Golden Knights' offensive effort Sunday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury stopped 36 of 38 shots that came his way including a handful of highlight-reel denials.
Vegas returns home for a two-game stand on the Vegas Strip as the Nashville Predators come to town for a Tuesday night tilt at T-Mobile Arena. Catch the game on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports 98.9/1340 and Deportes 1460.