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: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts after scoring his first of two first-period goals against the Vegas Golden Knights during 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: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts after scoring his first of two first-period goals against the Vegas Golden Knights during 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) /

1. Early woes aren’t going away

This has been a trend for most of the year and, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

We are of course talking about the Vegas Golden Knights’ inability to start a game on top, a bad habit that reared its ugly head once again against the LA Kings.

For the second straight game the Golden Knights allowed the first goal on the first shot of the game, with Anze Kopitar beating Marc-Andre Fleury with a short-side snipe.

It was an alarming goal to watch given that Alex Iafallo was allowed too much time to dish a pass to Kopitar from behind the net, with the Kings Captain doing the rest.

And what is really concerning is the fact that the Golden Knights have really started slow in their last eight games.

There is no exact science as to why the Knights struggle to really come out and take the game to their opponent from the first drop of the puck, but it is a bugaboo that will have dire consequences in the postseason.

As was the case against the Kings, the Golden Knights fell behind the eight-ball early and then came up against a very hot goalie in Calvin Petersen who was outstanding.

And, given the level of opponent, that will be the case throughout the playoffs and, as a result, the Golden Knights can’t afford to keep giving teams a head start in games.

Whatever is causing this serious flaw, Head Coach Peter DeBoer and the coaching staff will need to figure it out and soon.