Golden Knights' game 1 win shows they can hold up in playoffs

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings: First Round Series Preview

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings: First Round Series Preview

The owner of the Golden Knights, Bill Foley, sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Sports Director Chris Maathuis ahead of Wednesday first playoff game.

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It's a Cinderella story for the ages, but the test only gets tougher as they go up against a Los Angeles Kings team looking to get back to their contending ways. Muzzin is unlikely to play based on the fact that he skated as an extra during Wednesday's morning session. Goalie Jonathan Quick is having his best season in years and is L.A.'s best player on the best penalty killing unit in the league.

Led by a top line centered by William Karlsson, Vegas had a high-powered - and very fast - offense that often had opposing defenses reeling.

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But the Kings also seemed to have the tendency to come out slowly at times, or they would have one or two really poor periods in a given game that spelled defeat.

The Golden Knights have dealt with a rash of injuries down the stretch of the regular season, including Carrier, who Gallant said is day-to-day.

The Golden Knights didn't get beat up, either. We're just thinking about the opportunity in front of us, and I know they're not thinking about it either. At some point the clock has to strike midnight and Karlsson has to turn into a pumpkin. The Kings blueline is going to key in on him, and that could result in a downturn at the most inopportune time. Of course, the idea of playoff hockey being more challenging than regular season hockey can be discounted as arbitrary to some extent.

"It was a great play by Nosey and sometimes you've just got to get 'em on net and that's kind of the goals that happened in the playoffs", Theodore said. If that's the Fleury that shows up against the Kings, Vegas could be in for an early exit. Point being, the Knights rely on power-play scoring. This good be where Jeff Carter comes in, though. "(There are) a lot of crappy goals that go in during the playoffs. The Kings are yielding 2.5 goals and 85.0 penalty kill percentage per game. Not only that, Jonathan Quick seems to have returned to form after a few so-so seasons by posting the second-best full-season SP of his career.

Fleury, 33, has been a different goalie since Mike Bales, the former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie coach, rebuilt his post play and reined in the puck-chasing habits that led to meltdowns in the postseason between 2010 and 2013, but there were signs of the old, more aggressive Fleury under Dave Prior, the goalie coach of the Golden Knights. Everybody had a big part of us winning the hockey game tonight. But the Kings will head into their first-round playoff series against the Golden Knights beginning Wednesday in Las Vegas knowing they defeated them the last two times they played - on February 26 at Staples Center and on February 27 at T-Mobile Arena.

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