Haula lifts Golden Knights over Kings in 2OT

Drew Doughty

NHL Playoffs 2018: LA Kings chances much worse without Drew Doughty

The Vegas Golden Knights forward did leave the game and did not return.

Doughty was, in fact, suspended for the hit, and will miss Game 2 of the series set for Friday night.

Forwards (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan Carpenter, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, William Karlsson, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.

While such attention isn't normally paid to the status of a fourth-line winger, the impact Carrier had in Game 1 was surely noticeable. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance for the first-ever playoff game in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights' fairytale first season continues to write itself. The Golden Knights lead the series 2-0 going back to southern California.

"Guys will jump into those spots and work hard", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. He succeeded in landing several big hits on Doughty himself.

Carrier said Doughty's hit could have been on anyone, but we're not so sure.

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It marked just the second power-play goal allowed in 13 games by Los Angeles, which led the National Hockey League in penalty-kill percentage. As a double whammy, Vegas still wound up winning 1-0.

Theodore got on the board 3:23 into the first.

"He's obviously a great player, but I don't think we need to change too much", Vegas defenseman Colin Miller said.

The Kings entered with a combined 928 games of playoff experience, but Vegas came out looking like a seasoned bunch ready for the postseason.

"I think our line will try to bring the same thing tonight", Carrier said.

Erik Haula scored at the 15:22 mark in the second overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"They played real well", Gallant said. "They won't fill his spot completely, but they'll put someone in there that'll do the job".

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