Doughty, a former Norris Trophy victor, hit Carrier - a fourth-line winger for Vegas who just returned to the lineup after missing two months with an undisclosed injury - in the head with 10:01 remaining in the third period of the Golden Knights' 1-0 Game 1 victory at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night. Fleury, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, will be trying to win his third consecutive Stanley Cup in one of the most unlikeliest of places as the Golden Knights are an expansion franchise. In the team's first season as an National Hockey League franchise, the Knights not only made the playoffs, but wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Pacific division.
Okay, sure - they've only had one playoff game.
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Doughty addressed the media Friday and commented on his forced absence from the Kings' crucial second game.
The Golden Knights went into Game 1 almost 100 percent healthy for the first time in a month.
The Golden Knights' locker room looked more like a hospital clinic during the brief overtime intermissions Friday night than a strategic meeting room. Los Angeles outhit the Golden Knights 80-56 after the two combined for 113 in regulation. William Carrier led the team with 10 hits, and Vegas' aggressive forechecking kept Los Angeles off its game throughout. Will Carrier just missed a loose puck in front of Quick, tipping it over the net late in the period and at the end of two it was all tied up with 20 minutes to play. "They won their two home games so we have to go home and get to work". "We don't play our best game every night, but we have a chance to win every night". With Kyle Clifford in the penalty box for goalie interference, Vegas took a 1-0 lead when Jonathan Marchessault's shot from the high slot caromed off the boards straight to Tuch, who easily slapped in the rebound past Quick's glove side.
Theodore got on the board 3:23 into the first.
Both teams had their chances in overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes. Rock star Vince Neil got the crowd roaring to start the third period by winding up the air raid siren.