Vegas Golden Knights: More first period woes in tough Kings loss

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 01: Calvin Petersen #40 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Golden Knights 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 01: Calvin Petersen #40 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Golden Knights 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 01: Calvin Petersen #40 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Golden Knights 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 01: Calvin Petersen #40 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings defeated the Golden Knights 4-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

It was a night to forget at T-Mobile Arena for the Vegas Golden Knights who dropped a tough 4-1 loss to the LA Kings.

Needing a win to set a new franchise record for most consecutive wins with nine, the Vegas Golden Knights instead failed to deliver and were outdone by some stellar goaltending.

The LA Kings’ phenom goalie Calvin Petersen stopped 42 of the 43 shots he faced, completely shutting down the Golden Knights.

And, for the second straight game, Vegas allowed the first goal on the first shot of the game as Anze Kopitar beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a short-side snipe.

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Kopitar also scored the second goal of the game for the Kings after backhanding a rebound past Fleury on the power play.

The Golden Knights began to take over the contest and dominate in the second period, outshooting the Kings by a wide margin of 18-7.

However, it was LA who lit the lamp again as Trevor Lewis latched onto a long pass before spinning Nick Holden and wristing a laser of a shot beyond Fleury.

Vegas did claw a goal back, though, as Shea Theodore hammered home a shot on the power play to make it a two-goal game.

Petersen’s heroics in goal prevented the Golden Knights from doing any more damage, however, and the game was iced in the waning seconds of the second period.

Alex Iafallo, who had claimed a primary helper on Kopitar’s first goal of the game, lit the lamp himself after tucking home a loose puck on the power play.

This was a frustrating loss for the Vegas Golden Knights who dominated the final two periods but were just outdone by some stellar goaltending, and we had some takeaways from the game…