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|LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are facing a must-win scenario in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center on Sunday night.
The Kings wasted a record-setting performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick in their 2-1 double-overtime loss Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. With the Kings down three of their regular defenseman including Drew Doughty http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-rasheem-green-jersey , who was suspended for a hit on Vegas’ William Carrier in Game 1, Quick stopped 54 shots to set a franchise record for most saves in a playoff game.
It was all for naught as Erik Haula ended the match at 15:23 of the second overtime to give Vegas a 2-0 series lead. Paul La Due registered his first career playoff goal with a power play tally for Los Angeles.
Despite entering the series with an advantage at the center position with veterans Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, Los Angeles has been stifled by the Golden Knights tenacity and speed. Vegas has prevented traffic in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, allowing him to see the Kings’ attempts, limiting the number of dangerous opportunities at the Golden Knights net.
Fleury has stopped 58 of 59 shots, a statistic that if maintained will lead Vegas into the next round.
Los Angeles coach John Stevens minimized the tough double-overtime loss by saying his team now has to replicate what Vegas did in winning its first two home games.
“There’s momentum in a series,” Stevens said. “You can lose 7-0 the first night like the Philadelphia Flyers did and come back to win and it’s still 1-1. They won two games at home, a lot of people would say they’re supposed to win at home.
“Vegas has been a good team at home all year, so now we get to go home and get to work. It’s not devastating. We come in here to win a hockey game and we didn’t win. Because of double overtime, you just expend a lot of energy. It doesn’t matter if you win in regulation or in quadruple overtime. It still counts as one.”
Carter knows it is no easy task to beat the Golden Knights Authentic Lukas Dostal Jersey , who resemble far more like a Stanley Cup contender than the expansion team they are.
“They are a speedy, highly skilled team,” Carter said. “They have no holes in their games and we need to be far better to create chances.”
The Kings will be boosted by the return of the former Norris Trophy winner Doughty and a possible return by another veteran defenseman in Jake Muzzin, who missed the first two games with an upper-body injury.
With Vegas in command of the series, coach Gerard Gallant expects Los Angeles’ best game of the series as his team attempts to put a stranglehold on their inaugural postseason series and wonders what effect the double-overtime affair will have on both teams.
“The Kings are going to come out real hard,” Gallant said. “I don’t know what Game 2 is going to take out of both teams. I don’t think the pace will be quite the same as it was because the guys are pretty tired and beat up from five periods of hockey on Friday. They are going back to their building and I am sure they are going to come out hard and play real hard. Los Angeles is a great hockey team. It’s a great series so far.”
Haula, whose game-winning goal was his first career overtime score, mapped out the strategy in the hopes of moving one win away from a series victory Sunday night.
“We just keep playing the same way,” Haula said. “We did our job at home and now we go there and go to their building. It’s going to be harder. They are going to be better and we know that. We have to be better and it’s going to be a grind for sure. They are going to come out really hard in their home building and that’s what you can expect. We have to be a little bit better again.”
Golden Knights defenseman John Merrill said he believes if his team maintains the style of play that has been problematic for Los Angeles, his team can emerge with a third straight win.
“We have done a lot of good things in the first two games of the series Authentic Adam Boqvist Jersey ,” Merrill said. “We are a fast team and when we have everyone skating it is a very good thing for us. We need to continue to do the things that helped us win and add a little more to it.”
BOSTON — On the verge of their first playoff series win in four years, the Boston Bruins may or not have star and leader Patrice Bergeron back for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Leafs, facing elimination as they seek their first series win since 2004 (and the Original Six franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1967), know they will get one of their best players back Saturday as Nazem Kadri returns from a three-game suspension for a hit in Game 1.
But will it help?
The Bruins, playing without late-scratch Bergeron (upper body), took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday. They need one win to advance as Bergeron’s status remained unclear Friday.
The team canceled practice, but Bergeron was on the ice at the team’s practice facility with a handful of players early and no decision was announced about Saturday. He has not been ruled out and coach Bruce Cassidy called it “a positive” that Bergeron was skating.
Riley Nash slid into Bergeron’s spot on the top line and played a strong game, helping set up the first goal of the game just 28 seconds after faceoff.
Kadri, who charged Tommy Wingels while Wingels was on his knees against the boards, cost his team dearly when the NHL hit him with the suspension — thus costing the Leafs a 32-goal scorer and one of their best two-way players.
Now he’s back.
“Obviously James Washington Color Rush Jersey , he’s a good player,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Friday. “It’s unfortunate for him that he missed three games, but the way I look at it on our team is you’ve got to be able to pick each other up. We weren’t able to do that.
“He comes back, he’ll make us deeper and we’re excited to have him back. Plus, he’ll have good energy for us. It’s important to have that going into Boston.”
Kadri, who was “disappointed” at the punishment, said, “It’s exciting to get back in. I’ve been champing at the bit the last couple of games here and it’s been hard to watch knowing that you could be out there trying to help and trying to make an impact. I’m happy the time is come.”
The Bruins won the first two games of the series at home, then lost Game 3 in Toronto before riding goaltender Tuukka Rask to Thursday night’s road win.
“Tuukka was our savior tonight,” said Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk Bills Josh Allen Jersey , who made it 3-1 with a third-period goal.
Rask made 31 saves in the victory.
“Tonight we needed him to dig and be very good. And he was,” said Cassidy, whose team stumbled down the stretch to lose out to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the battle for the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference before getting off to a strong playoff start.
Brad Marchand, who scored the winning goal, said, “(Rask) played a phenomenal game. He’s one of the best goalies in the world and he gives us an opportunity to win every night. He made a lot of big saves early on to give us a chance to get back in the game. We really need to give him a lot of credit for tonight.”
The Leafs know what they’re up against, needing three straight wins to upset the higher seed — and Babcock says the attitude is good.
“We talked about that here today,” he said. “The bottom line is — I don’t know how many of you saw this, but last night out there in Maple Leaf Square, they put that on TV. I talked about the national anthem the other day and then last night. To me Cheap Sam Darnold Jersey , if you’re these players and you’ve seen that, you want to see it again.
“The only way we get to see it again is we’ve got to win to play. We’ve got to dig in. We’ve got to compete harder, we’ve got to play better. I thought we did tons of good things last night, we didn’t give up very much, we made a couple of mistakes on a couple of two-on-ones and they didn’t go our way. Dig in and make it go your way. I think you’ve got to enjoy part of the duress of this time of year. Embrace it.”