Welcome to the wonderful world of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey Las Vegas. The first playoff overtime in Vegas Golden Knights history resulted in the longest game in Los Angeles Kings history. A 2-1 Friday night victory by the Knights lasted 95:23 at T-Mobile Arena. 2018 Stanley Cup Series Prices (April 14).
At the 15:23 mark of the second overtime the crowd at T-Mobile could be heard up and down the “Strip’. And the end came when forward Erik Haula scored. The winning goal was quickly followed by a deafening thunder from the Vegas crowd when Haula jumped into the arms of defenseman Jon Merrill. And as expected the entire group of Vegas skaters mobbed each other as the sound of the horn faded away. The Game #2 win was just another goose bump moment for the coaches, players and fans, in what has been an amazing inaugural season.
Visually the game didn’t offer the eye-candy that the Vegas faithful wanted. And while the national broadcast analysts believed the Kings were the better team on Friday night Vegas found a way to win. The Knights outshot Los Angeles 11-5 in the first period, 14-7 in the second and 9-8 in the third. And despite those number the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation play.
The NHL official website published the comments of a number of the Vegas players. “I thought we played a good 60-minute game,” Haula told NHL.com. “We kept pressing. We just kept talking about in the locker room, ‘You know, we don’t have to change much. Just clean it up a little bit, and just keep playing the same way. Just go after their defensemen, make it really hard on them.’ I feel like we did a good job of wearing them down.”
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