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Lehner makes 24 saves for Golden Knights in victory against Kings

Marchessault has two assists for Vegas, which has won eight of 10

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

Smith's power-play goal

LAK@VGK: Smith buries backhander for PPG in the 2nd

Reilly Smith finds a rebound in front of the net and roofs it with a backhander for a power-play goal that ties the game 1-1 in the 2nd

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LAS VEGAS -- Robin Lehner made 24 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

Lehner is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since returning from a concussion he sustained Feb. 11.

Jonathan Marchessault had two assists for Vegas (24-8-1), which scored four unanswered goals to win for the eighth time in 10 games.

"Tonight, we were a little sloppy again, and [Lehner] was huge for us," Marchessault said. "He's been really good since he's been back. Obviously, we want to battle for him as well. He was great. He kept us in the game there in the first period."

Video: LAK@VGK: Nosek gets a good bounce for 2-1 lead in 2nd

The Golden Knights won a sixth consecutive game at home and are 14-2-1 at T-Mobile Arena this season.

"Could you imagine what our record would be like if we had a full house?" Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. "Guys love playing at home, and I think we're still living off the energy of the memories of this building full, and hopefully we're going to see that soon."

Matt Roy scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves for Los Angeles (13-14-6), which has lost three in a row and six of eight. It will play Vegas again here Wednesday.

"We need to find some consistency," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "One line may give you a lot of offense, but they're a disaster defensively. We've got to get a two-way game going with nine consistent players on a consistent basis."

Roy scored at 1:00 of the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Video: LAK@VGK: Roy scores to give Kings an early 1-0 lead

Reilly Smith tied it 1-1 on the power play at 4:04 of the second period. He had gone eight games without a point.

Tomas Nosek gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at 16:28 with his second goal in five games. Nicolas Hague scored 1:26 later to make it 3-1 at 17:54.

"I thought we had a good start, and then they obviously started playing better and we didn't quite match it," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "I thought our first period was good, and part of the second was not terrible. Not great, but not terrible, which just isn't good enough."

Alec Martinez scored his first goal against his former team at 12:35 of the third period for the 4-1 final. The defenseman was acquired by Vegas in a trade with Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020.

"It was nice," Martinez said. "Obviously a good feeling, but I was more concerned with trying to close it out in the third. On a personal level, it's cool, but more concerned on the team side of it, trying to put another nail in the coffin."

NOTES: Kings forward Trevor Moore played his 100th NHL game. … Oscar Dansk backed up Lehner because Marc-Andre Fleury was given the night off. … Nosek has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … It is the Golden Knights' sixth streak of at least six consecutive home wins during their four-year history. Their record is eight straight, set in 2017-18. … Vegas forward Mark Stone had an assist, giving him 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 14 games in March, tied with Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (seven goals, 16 assists, 13 games) for the most in the NHL. … Los Angeles had killed 20 consecutive penalties over nine games before Smith's goal. … Vegas forward Cody Glass had one shot on goal and two blocked shots in 14:30 after being a healthy scratch the previous three games. 

Video: Lehner, Golden Knights roll past Kings, 4-1

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