Haula lifts Golden Knights over Kings in 2OT


The Golden Knights find themselves in an enviable position - all they have to do is just play the way that they did in the first game and they should have a chance to win Game 2 of the series. "I'd be surprised if people were really upset that he got suspended one game".

"It wasn't a clean hit at all", Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch said.

Cherry spoke about the suspension on his Coach's Corner segment Thursday during the first intermission of Game 1 of the Maple Leafs-Bruins series, saying he thought the hit was to Carrier's shoulder, not his head.

Carrier will play Game 2 Friday night at T-Mobile Arena, and Doughty won't.

NOTES: The Golden Knights were to 34-5-2 in the regular season when scoring first, second in the National Hockey League.

Fleury got his first playoff shutout since last May, when his Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

No penalty was called on the hit, but Carrier was not able to return to the game. "A lot of guys will have to play a lot more minutes for tonight's game, but you know what, a lot of the times when opportunities like that arise for guys, they rise to the occasion".

Carrier said Doughty's hit could have been on anyone, but we're not so sure. As a double whammy, Vegas still wound up winning 1-0.

The Kings entered with a combined 928 games of playoff experience, but Vegas came out looking like a seasoned bunch ready for the postseason. After Shea Theodore's goal 3:23 into the first period, it turned into a defensive battle with a hint of goaltending.

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

Erik Haula, the latest unlikely hero in a season full of them, scored with 4:38 remaining in the second overtime of Friday's marathon Game 2, toppling the Kings 2-1 to take a commanding two-games-to-none lead in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. "They won't fill his spot completely, but they'll put someone in there that'll do the job".