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LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (Preseason Game 2) (Shootout 6-5 VGK)

Recap: The Golden Knights got right back to business following their preseason loss yesterday in Colorado. Vegas hosted LA for their first divisional exhibition game of the 2022-23. Center Jack Eichel opened the scoring seven minutes into game slipping through the Kings defense for a breakaway goal. Linemates Phil Kessel and Reilly Smith picked up an assist on Eichel’s goal. After the opening 20 minutes the Golden Knights led 1-0.

The second frame was a battle on the boards fighting for possession. The game was so tight that neither team could control the puck for an extended amount of time. The Kings evened the score on a well-executed give-and-go by Kevin Fiala and Brandt Clark. The score was locked in a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes.

Both teams had quality chances in the final period but neither could break the tie in regulation. Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo committed a penalty in overtime which LA took advantage of. Adrian Kempe finished the game 2-1 with a sudden death power play goal.

The Golden Knights lose their second game of the preseason with four games remaining. Vegas will next host a rematch with Colorado on Wednesday night from T-Mobile Arena. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Like many preseason games, it started out choppy. To VGK’s credit, they started to work through it and continued to make life difficult on the Kings along the way. The game opened up in the late 2nd and then returned to a bit of a slog in the 3rd. (Recap by Ken)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings preseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Cassidy details the return to the 1-2-2 neutral zone

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Sakari Manninen
** Jack Eichel
* Shea Theodore


Paul Cotter And Sakari Manninen Making Early Push For Roster Spots


VGK Returning To Familiar Neutral Zone Setup Under Bruce Cassidy


  1. Harriet

    Well, I know it’s early, and I can see the changes he made especially on the power play – which I still find completely ineffective. They are still having trouble with the offence, and we need a better goalie. I don’t see any change, really. I hope it gets better. I did enjoy the shootouts, though. That was fun. These games aren’t fun, IMHO.

    • Pistol Pete

      Impossible to forecast the regular season off the preseason. It is good practice though especially when bringing in a new coach.

      • knights fan in minny

        you are so right pistol people need to stop panicking if you think its going to be all rosey in the begining think again it will take some time

  2. JV

    Cotter credited with 8 hits. Did I misread that? 7th D is still up for grabs. Some nice SO goals by Cotter and Manninen.
    Karlsson and Marchy seemed invisible. Can’t recall their names mentioned too often.

  3. Pistol Pete

    Most interesting thing about the preseason is seeing the prospects go lights out. Most of them won’t get on the roster but it can be a good lead-in to their AHL season or final year in the Juniors e.g., Zach Dean. I can see Brendan Brisson making it up at some point this season. Thought he looked pretty decent at times with Marchy and Karlsson.

  4. Harriet

    I think I might try moving Reilly down with Karlson, since they are so good together, and put Marchy on the first line with Eichel and Kessel. And, where’s Chandler Stevenson? We need him!

    • Pistol Pete

      Preseason games don’t count for much. Glorified practices basically and proving ground for the prospects. In this case a chance to break in Cassidy’s systems. Still like to see one’s team win just the same even if the game is not for real.

  5. THE hockey GOD

    LAK’s “system” seemed to counter VGK’s “system”. It looked like they knew
    exactly what VGK were doing.

    Skilled players, 9 times out of 10, beat “systems”.

  6. Jailbird

    Goalies played pretty good. That’s about it.

  7. Blitz

    It is good to watch some VGK again. I do enjoy the kids sprinkled in with the top vets. It does suck that regardless of how well the young forwards play or what strengths they show we will stick with the same contracted bottom six unless injuries occur.

    As for d men. There is no reason to over reach for Hague. The 7th d man spot can easily be filled by Korczak, Cormier, or Chayka at a min value, with good future pay off. These guys are all different, but all ready to get some NHL ice time.

    • THE hockey GOD

      the kid line needs to make opening day roster or they will be
      put on waivers; I think two of three will make opening day roster or they will try to “sneak” two of three through waivers (according to what’s his name, the big fat guy on TV Order or is it lAwless ?) . I wouldn’t be surprised if two of the three get picked up and won’t “sneak” through waivers.

      I like Korczak, Chayka, and Ahac; Cormier not so much. But the latter has a few more games to change my mind. I hope he does better.

      Brisson is not ready yet, in my opinion; needs to do better.

  8. Obvious

    The other teams in the division are thanking fat bastard and McPhukup as their chance to make the play offs has markedly improved

    And to think eichel was once considered to be a better draft pick than McDavid.

  9. Obvious

    Let’s keep the list going. Top 10 reasons Vegas lost;

    1. It’s the goalies fault

    2. It’s only preseason and those games don’t count

    3. ?

    • knights fan in minny

      biggest reason they lost is because your a bitter piece of shit ass hole and dont you forget that mcphukupobvious your clueless about puck

      • Obvious

        Ha ha bit me you pathetic POS

        Go back to yur Hillary posters

        • knights fan in minny

          ha ha bit me I see your 3rd grade education is working your trash no insight on hockey just bitter comments your trash boy

        • knights fan in minny

          i am a republican stupid so shut your bitter spewing lips boy

  10. D N

    Hate to state it but looks like Petro is in full season form with his usual ill advised costly mistakes of plays that lead to either of many unfortunate things and in most cases a penalty and or worse a game winning goal against.
    Is it just me, because I’ve noticed that since becomming a VGK, nearly every game on occasions/shifts his play appears slower, careless, out of position, making mistakes and or taking penalties.
    I haven’t heard this from others before but to me it’s very clear. And like we can’t speak of the vets and their misfortunes. But this appears so glaring that it should deserve mentioning and comments.

    • THE hockey GOD

      welcome to jungle D N

      your point on No. 7 has not been lost on many in this forum based upon their previous posts. HE only seems to come alive in “money’ games. Rest of time you can see him looking up at rafters after a goal is scored when he is on the ice. He spent a lot of time last year looking for bats, pigeons, rats (for House of Dragon fans), and other critters that like to denizen in the rafters. ( I used the word denizen which is normally defined as a noun, as transitive verb)

  11. Richie-Rich

    It’s preseason and what we are seeing on the ice isn’t too great an indicator as to the 6th edition of the VGK. However, there are a few takeaways.

    1. VGK Edition 6 isn’t nearly as good as the 1st edition.
    2. Petro continues to take penalties at the most inopportune times resulting in goals or losses. At least it seems that way to me.
    3. The bottom 6 with the exception of the 3rd line center is up for grabs in my opinion. Some of the kids are just as good as, if not better than the 5 that are being considered as favorites to make the big club roster, especially Cotter. For me, Cotter is a lock to replace any of the bottom 6 wingers.
    4. The offense is absolutely putrid. Of course it’s preseason, but I expected the two top lines to do much better than they did. The Kings stifled our top 2 lines for 60 minutes with the exception of a breakaway goal by Eichel. That doesn’t bode well for a team expected to make the playoffs, which I do not think they will.
    5. Lastly, goal tending is something that has been a major problem ever since McIdiot traded Fleury. We can only hope that Logan Thompson is the guy. Why? Because NONE of the others are proven NHL 1A starters despite their length of professional play. In fact they have all proven that they are not 1A.

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