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Golden Knights top Kings for seventh straight home win

Vegas chases Quick with three goals in first 11:22

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- William Karlsson scored two goals in the first period to help the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch also scored and Maxime Lagace made 27 saves for Vegas (12-6-1), which moved within a point of the Kings for first place in the Pacific Division.

 

[WATCH: All Kings vs. Golden Knights highlights]

 

The Golden Knights are the second team in NHL history to win seven consecutive home games at any point in their inaugural season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Toronto Arenas won eight in a row in the 1917-18 season.

Vegas has won three of its past four games and is 8-1-0 at home.

"It was a fun game," Karlsson said. "[The Kings] are a big, strong team. There were a lot of hits out there."

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

Trevor Lewis and Tanner Pearson scored for Los Angeles (12-7-2). Jonathan Quick was pulled in the first period after allowing the three goals on nine shots and lost his fifth straight start. Darcy Kuemper replaced Quick and finished with 30 saves.

The Kings have lost five of their past six games.

"They came after us right away and obviously got the three-goal lead," Lewis said. "We battled back, but I think we kind of [hurt] ourselves in the first period."

Karlsson, who has scored all nine of his goals in the past 13 games, scored 55 seconds into the first period from the left circle to make it 1-0. His second goal at 11:22 in the first period led to Quick's exit and gave Vegas a 3-0 lead.

"Those are pucks [Quick] would love to have back," Kings coach John Stevens said. "It's a team game. Johnny's bailed us out many of nights. That's certainly not the start we wanted. You dig a hole on the road against any team, especially in here, it's tough to come back."

Karlsson said he was shocked to see the puck go between Quick's legs as easy as it did for his first goal.

"I'll take that any day of the week," he said.

Reilly Smith assisted on each of Karlsson's goals.

Eakin scored his third goal of the season at 9:21 of the first period.

Lewis made it 3-1 at 8:35 of the second period. Erik Haula lost control of the puck at center ice, and Lewis deked around Lagace for his sixth goal of the season.

Pearson scored at 11:45 of the third period to make it 3-2, but Tuch scored an empty-net goal with 1:02 remaining.

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

 

Goal of the game

Karlsson's goal 55 seconds into the first period.

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

 

Save of the game

Lagace's save against Jussi Jokinen at 12:31 of the second period.

Video: LAK@VGK: Lagace denies Jokinen's quick one-timer

 

Highlight of the game

Lagace's save against Nick Shore at 18:58 of the first period.

Video: LAK@VGK: Lagace, Schmidt combine to rob Shore

 

They said it

"If you look at all our rivalries, Anaheim and San Jose, now put these guys in the mix. It was a pretty hard-fought first game, and there will be a lot more to come. It's just this way division plays each other, it gets intense." -- Kings forward Tanner Pearson

 

"It's awesome. It's one of the more fun games I've played. I don't mind the occasional 7-0, 8-0 win, but when you're battling for that win against your rivals, so to say, it was a fun game." -- Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch

 

Need to know

Kings center Anze Kopitar was held without a point for the second straight game after a 10-game point streak. … Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb played against his former team for the first time and had four hits. McNabb was selected in the NHL Expansion Draft from Los Angeles. … The Golden Knights are 7-1-0 this season when scoring first.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; PRIME, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Karlsson's two goals lead Golden Knights to 4-2 win

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