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Golden Knights top Kings in second OT in Game 2

Haula scores winner at 15:23; Quick makes 54 saves for L.A.

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Erik Haula scored at 15:23 of the second overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

 

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Haula took a pass from James Neal at the top of the right face-off circle, skated in, and slid the puck under goalie Jonathan Quick from close range.

Vegas leads the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is at Los Angeles on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-W, ATTSN-RM).

"I think all of our guys did a great job," Haula said. "We just kept playing the same way, and that's what we've been talking about the whole time. I think we executed our game plan tonight.

"It's one of the best feelings in sports, I think, is finishing the game in that fashion. It was a long game, and we had a lot of guys who played a lot of minutes. It's rewarding to come out on top."

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Tuch opens scoring with PPG

Alex Tuch scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights, who became the fifth NHL team to win its first two postseason games (Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Kings).

Tuch was skating to the left of Neal and Haula on the rush before the winning goal.

"I was screaming for the puck," Tuch said. "I was open on the side, but I guess Erik was open too. James took both defensemen with him, and he made a great play to Erik. I was coming in late, so he probably didn't see me, but James made a great play."

Defenseman Paul LaDue scored his first NHL playoff goal and the first of the series for the Kings, who have lost consecutive games in the postseason for the first time since losing three in a row in the 2014 first round against the San Jose Sharks. Quick made 54 saves after making 27 in a 1-0 loss in Game 1.

"That's terrible," LaDue said. "Especially to work that hard and to go so far in a game, but I think we're feeling good. We're happy to be heading home, and we're going to come out strong."

Tuch scored on the power play at 14:47 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. He tapped in the puck from the right side of the net after Jonathan Marchessault's shot caromed off the end boards.

LaDue tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 15:55 of the second, scoring with a wrist shot from the right point.

The Kings played without defenseman Drew Doughty, who was suspended one game for a hit to the head against Golden Knights forward William Carrier in Game 1.

"Obviously, you don't want to be down 2-0, but we know we can play better and we're going to have to play better going home," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said.

The first overtime playoff game for Vegas was the longest in Los Angeles history (95:23).

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Fleury robs Toffoli in overtime

 

Goal of the game

Haula's goal at 15:23 of the second overtime.

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Neal sets up Haula for double OT winner

 

Save of the game

Fleury stopping Dustin Brown at 19:49 of the first period.

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Fleury robs Brown from the doorstep

 

Highlight of the game

Quick stopping Tomas Tatar at 5:33 of the second overtime.

Video: LAK@VGK, Gm2: Quick denies Tatar with mask in 2OT

 

They said it

"I have all the confidence in the world in this hockey club, and I think we'll rise to the occasion." -- Kings defenseman Alec Martinez

 

"Midnight is a new day. You can't get carried away. There's a lot more to come. They're definitely tough to play in L.A., so we've got to be ready for that. It was a hard game, but it's fun to get the win." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

 

Need to know

The longest game in Kings history before Friday was their Stanley Cup-winning Game 5 victory against the New York Rangers on June 13, 2014 (94:43). … After the teams combined for 127 hits in Game 1, there were 136 in Game 2 (the Kings had an 80-56 advantage). … Los Angeles defenseman Kevin Gravel, who replaced Doughty in the lineup, was minus-1 with four hits in 20:05. … The home team has won four of the past six NHL playoff games that have gone past the first overtime (3-2 in 2017). … Defenseman Alec Martinez played a game-high 44:51. … Defenseman Nate Schmidt played 37:19, the most on the Golden Knights.

 

What's next

Game 3 of Western Conference First Round at Staples Center on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-W, ATTSN-RM)

 

Video: Haula lifts Vegas to double OT win, 2-0 series lead

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