Knights win 6th in a row at home; beat Kings 4-1

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Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after right wing Reilly Smith, second from left, scored against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 29, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tomas Nosek scored in the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Monday night.

Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas, which has won 14 of 18 and improved to 14-2-1 at home. Jonathan Marchessault had two assists. Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots.

The Golden Knights have won six in a row, their longest win home winning streak in two years.

Matt Roy scored for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick had 20 saves. Quick came into the game with a 6.05 goals-against average and .814 save percentage in two appearances against Vegas this season.

With the game tied 1-1, Nosek put the Golden Knights ahead after William Carrier started the attack by poking the puck loose in the neutral zone, chasing it down against the end boards, and sending it to Zach Whitecloud at the top. Whitecloud fired the puck off the end board and Nosek one-timed the ricochet past Quick to give Vegas a 2-1 lead.

Nosek now has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

Los Angeles was playing its first game since Wednesday, its longest layoff this season, and the Kings came out looking awfully rested. By the midway point of the first period, they had outshot Vegas, 10-3, were outhustling the Golden Knights to pucks, and had established the advantage in the offensive zone early on.

Roy opened the scoring when he fired a laser from the high slot to beat Lehner.

After Quick made a couple of saves before ending up on his back during a bevy shots during a power play, Smith was in the right spot to bang home the equalizer, giving Vegas its first goal of the game and tying it at 1-all in the second period.

Less than two minutes after Nosek put Vegas on top, Marchessault served Hague for a perfect snapshot, which went off the post and into the net, giving Vegas three consecutive goals in the period.

Vegas closed the scoring when Martinez skated into the slot and cleaned up a loose rebound to ice the game to the delight of the announced capacity crowd of 3,950.

UP NEXT

The teams conclude their two-game series in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

PRE GAME: Knights expect to go with Robin Lehner in net tonight. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo skated this morning for the first time in weeks. He has been on injured reserve with a wrist injury. He cannot return until at least April 1.

FIRST PERIOD: Kings Matt Roy (2) scores early in the period. Assists to Gabe Vilardi (9), Jeff Carter (10). KINGS 1, KNIGHTS 0 end of first period. Shots on goal: Kings 13, Knights 9.

SECOND PERIOD: Knights Reilly Smith (7) scores a power play goal. Assists to Jonathan Marchessault (15), Mark Stone (28). KNIGHTS 1, KINGS 1, early in period.

Knights Tomas Nosek (4) scores (Snap shot), Assists: Zach Whitecloud (6) and William Carrier (3). KNIGHTS 2, KINGS 1.

Knights Nicolas Hague (4) (Snap shot), Assists: Jonathan Marchessault (16) and William Karlsson (16). KNIGHTS 3, KINGS 1 after two periods. Shots on goal: Kings 20, Knights 19.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights Alec Martinez (5) (Wrist shot), Assists: Keegan Kolesar (5) and Shea Theodore (21). KNIGHTS 4, KINGS 1 FINAL.

Shots on goal: Kings 25, Knights 24.

Los Angeles Kings (13-13-6, sixth in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (23-8-1, first in the West Division)

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada; Monday, 7 p.m. PDT

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas hosts the Los Angeles Kings after the Golden Knights beat Colorado 3-2 in overtime.

The Golden Knights have gone 23-8-1 against division opponents. Vegas ranks eighth in the league recording 8.9 points per game, averaging 3.2 goals and 5.6 assists.

The Kings are 13-13-6 in division games. Los Angeles has given up 13 power-play goals, killing 85.9% of opponent opportunities.

Los Angeles knocked off Vegas 3-1 in the last meeting between these teams on March 21.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights with 27 assists and has 39 points this season. Max Pacioretty has six goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Dustin Brown leads the Kings with 14 goals and has 21 points. Adrian Kempe has seven goals over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.9 assists, three penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .901 save percentage.

Kings: 4-5-1, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.6 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Alex Pietrangelo on injured reserve until at least April 1.

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