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VGK Topped By Kings In Regular Season Finale

Vegas looks ahead to playoffs following loss to LA

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2, in the final game of the regular season Saturday night at Staples Center.

The Kings used first period goals from Ilya Kovalchuk and Jeff Carter to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and they added to the lead when Matt Roy scored to make it 3-0. Vegas clawed back into the game as Brandon Pirri and Valentin Zykov scored goals 2:18 apart to cut the deficit to 3-2. As the Golden Knights battled to tie the game, Anze Kopitar added to the Los Angeles lead and the Kings went up, 4-2. The home team added an empty netter in the final minute and held on to claim victory to close the regular season.

Vegas pressed in the latter half of the second period to make it a one-goal game and the Golden Knights kept searching for the game-tying goal. But Kopitar's goal at 8:52 of the third rebuilt the two-goal lead for the Kings as they held on to win, 5-2.

Brandon Pirri: Pirri potted his 12th goal of the campaign to get the Golden Knights on the board.

Valentin Zykov: Zykov buried his second goal of the season to get Vegas back in the game in the second period.

Jimmy Schuldt: Schuldt set up Zykov to make it 3-2 with a sharp pass to the side of the net for his first NHL assist.

Anze Kopitar: Kopitar scored his 22nd goal of the season on the same night as his 1,000th game celebration.

Schuldt recorded an assist during the second period to become the first Golden Knight to notch a point in his NHL debut with Vegas.

The focus shifts to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Golden Knights gear up for their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks. Scheduling will be announced Sunday morning at 7 a.m. PT.

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