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Marchessault enjoying playoff success, being wanted by Golden Knights

Forward happy to find home with Vegas as part of first-year team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- Alexandra and Jonathan Marchessault were expecting, but they were not expecting this. Their third child was due April 20. That seemed safe. Jonathan played for an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

"I thought this year we probably wouldn't make the playoffs," he said.

Oops.

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Golden Knights' historic season continues with sweep of Kings

Players not satisfied after unprecedented series win, aiming for Stanley Cup

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- The Vegas Golden Knights celebrated around goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. They shook hands with the Los Angeles Kings. They high-fived in the locker room and laughed at a couple of dance moves by forward Jonathan Marchessault.

And then?

After a 1-0 win at Staples Center on Tuesday? After a sweep in the Western Conference First Round? After becoming the first team to advance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs? After becoming the first team to sweep a series in its inaugural season?

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Golden Knights on verge of sweep against Kings, preach discipline

Vegas must remain calm, avoid mindless penalties in order to close out series in Game 4

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- The Vegas Golden Knights were losing it -- their composure, the game. How they got it back, came back and defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday showed one reason they've had a special season.

The Golden Knights were taking a pounding and trailing 1-0 toward the end of the second period, when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty hit forward Jonathan Marchessault in the back of the head twice. Marchessault knocked off Doughty's helmet in retaliation and got called for high-sticking with 1.1 seconds to go.

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Golden Knights continue amazing ride with Game 3 win against Kings

On verge of sweep after rallying with three goals in third, holding off late push

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- Of all the wins the Vegas Golden Knights have earned in their incredible inaugural season, this was the most impressive.

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Muzzin game-time decision for Kings in Game 3

Defenseman has missed past seven games; Perron could return for Golden Knights

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and Vegas Golden Knights forward David Perron could return in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Staples Center on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-W, ATTSN-RM).

The Golden Knights lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

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Golden Knights are talk of town after two playoff wins against Kings

Fans line streets, help send team off to Los Angeles for Game 3

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare arrived at City National Arena about 11:45 a.m. Saturday, roughly 12 hours after the Vegas Golden Knights' 2-1 double-overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round.

It was 73 degrees and sunny.

"I was driving, cruising with my windows down, and suddenly I heard, like, 'Raaahhh!' " Bellemare said, making a roaring sound. "Then you see, like, people everywhere. I was, like, 'What's going on? Am I late or something?'"

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Golden Knights get taste of playoff OT in Game 2 win against Kings

Give fans another moment to remember in inaugural season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Welcome, Vegas, to overtime in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

To hockey that lasts as long as it takes, 60 minutes, 80 minutes, more. To tension, anxiety and excitement. To sickness in your stomach each time the puck heads toward the wrong net and a sudden jolt of joy when, finally, it goes in the right one.

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Doughty suspension leads to new-look blue line for Kings in Game 2

Defenseman Gravel makes debut, pairings shuffled against Golden Knights

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The Los Angeles Kings will play without three of their top four defensemen against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, PRIME).

The Kings trail the best-of-7 series 1-0.

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Gallant having happy anniversary with Golden Knights in playoffs

Has Vegas in position for long run one year after being hired as coach

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- One year ago, on April 13, 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights hired Gerard Gallant as coach. At his introductory press conference, he was asked about owner Bill Foley's goal of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three years. First he'd heard of it.

"Hopefully that happens," he said.

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Doughty suspension will test Kings depth in Game 2 vs. Golden Knights

Los Angeles already dealing with injuries to defensemen

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Losing Drew Doughty for one game is a blow to the Los Angeles Kings at any time, but especially now.

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