Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights makes a save against Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings in the third period of the game at T-Mobile Arena on 31. March 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Golden Knights 4-2. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Kings ended their three-game losing streak in Las Vegas.
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Vegas has won six games at home this season and only lost its third home game in the regular season.
Andreas Athanasiou, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Alex Yafallo also scored for the Kings, while Cal Petersen improved his record against Vegas to 4-1-0 with 40 shots saved. Peterson has both of LA’s wins over Vegas this season.
William Karlsson and Shea Theodore scored the goals for Vegas. Marc-André Fleury made 26 shots.
Los Angeles showed discipline in the first period and kept Vegas from creating chances by avoiding the penalty box and intelligently pushing the puck into the neutral zone to keep the pressure on Fleury and control the tempo early.
Athanasiou opened the scoring when he snuck behind Zach Whitecloud and William Carrier of Vegas, picked up the puck, penetrated the zone and hit Fleury from behind.
The Kings extended their lead to two goals when Tobias Bjornfot fired a rebound that hit Fleury’s pads and was scored by Andersson, in his first game in more than a month.
For the second time in the last three games, the Golden Knights allowed two goals in the first period.
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Vegas cut the lead to one when Jonathan Marchessault grabbed a deflected shot from Los Angeles defenseman Matt Roy and the puck flew to the goal line, where Karlsson shot unopposed into the side netting.
The Kings came back with a two-point lead when Athanasiou won the game with the puck and fired a shot that Fleury missed, giving Anderson-Dolan time to intervene.
Seconds after the penalty, Jafallo broke through the Vegas defense as Fleury approached to take a shot at the puck. After learning one of Fleury’s patented moves, Yafallo leaned to his left and fired the puck into the open goal for a 4-1 lead for Los Angeles.
Theodore took a wrist shot from the point, Karlsson positioned himself perfectly in front of the net and slid the puck past Petersen to cut LA’s lead in half early in the third period.
Los Angeles: San Jose is the host on Friday.
Vegas: Minnesota’s host on Thursday.
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