"It's the best time of the year".
"I'm not going to let him do that", Doughty said. "It's what we're living for". Theodore scored the very first Golden Knights playoff goal in franchise history at 3:23 of the first period from Tomas Nosek. The Kings seemed to have some positive feelings when exiting the ice, a look of hope that they might be able to steal a game that thus far had looked one-sided. "It was an exciting moment".
The Vegas Golden Knights at the Staples Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Said Kings wing Dustin Brown: "It was a physical game, (but) I don't think there was almost as many hits as the stats credited".
The Knights are 10-1 in their last 11 Sunday games and are 5-2 in their last seven overall while the Kings are 4-1 in their last five home games and 2-5 in their last seven against the Pacific. Paul La Due registered his first career playoff goal with a power play tally for Los Angeles. While he has only three points this season, Carrier brings an element of quickness to the fourth line that counters the steady play of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Tomas Nosek. "It shouldn't be, otherwise it's not the playoffs". Patrik Laine was pretending to play the violin to the Wild bench as the seconds wound down on Friday night's clock, and that was an accurate depiction of Minnesota's start to the playoffs without Ryan Suter. Yet it perfectly suits the hockey team that plays in the big arena behind the New York-New York. The 2012 Conn Smythe victor stopped 54 of 56 (!) Golden Knights shots. "We had great chances in overtime to win that game earlier". You've just got to cash in on them. Without Quick's unbelievable play, this game likely doesn't even go to an extra frame. He was replaced by Petr Mrazek in the second period after Sidney Crosby scored Pittsburgh's fifth goal.
"I thought our guys played hard tonight". "I think we did a good job last game getting in on their d-men and separating them from the puck. I'd like to see us improve in certain areas". To win the series and continue to the next round, the Kings will only need to win one game on the road as long as they can win at home. But, for what it's worth, Minnesota battled throughout this one and it was a pretty tight, physical game until the end. Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson were the most noticeable offensive standouts in the period and Marchessault was all over the ice and had several great opportunities.
Golden Knights enforcer Ryan Reaves, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1, didn't agree with the hit. Gallant said Carrier is day to day.