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10/11 FINAL – Kings 3, Golden Knights 4

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It has been 150 days since the Kings played a meaningful hockey game before Tuesday night’s season opener against rival Vegas Gold Knights. Coming off a season where the Kings made their first playoff appearance since the 2017-18 season, expectations for the team have risen and the standard for success has been raised. Going into the 2022-23 season, the Kings and their opening night opponents, the Golden Knights, are both expected to battle for a playoff berth in the Pacific Division.

As Golden Knights and Kings games tend to be, the season opener between the two rivals was both entertaining and filled with drama. The Kings struck first in Tuesday’s nationally televised game when the former first-round draft puck Gabriel Vilardi snatched home a wicked wrist shot from a Quinton Byfield pass 10:36 in the first period. The Golden Knights would score the next two goals of the game before Adrian Kempe tied the score at 2-2 with a nice Anze Kopitar pass to score the goal.

After giving up a power play goal to the Golden Knights with less than 1:00 left in the final period, Arthur Kaliev took advantage of a loose puck in front of the front net to equalize again. Unfortunately, the settlement didn’t end in a tie as Mark Stone capitalized on a neutral zone turnover by the Kings and scored with just 26 seconds left in regulation to give the Golden Knights two runs.

Quick Jonathan stopped 47 of 51 shots.

STRONG POINTS

Video: LAK recap: Vilardi records 2-point night in 4-3 loss

For more on the Kings regular season opener, see LAKingsInsider.com.