Solid results from VGK Matinee’s performance in 5-1 win over Los Angeles Kings ahead of Saturday’s 18,136 announcement


Just the facts: Vegas Golden Knights 5 Los Angeles Kings 1

VGK scorers: Evgenii Dadonov (15), Chandler Stephenson (15), Mattias Janmark (8), Alex Pietrangelo (10), Michael Amadio (7)

Scenario: Solid Knights defensive effort backed up by Logan Thompson’s consistent goalie play

Presence: 18,136

Wounded Knights: Mark Stone, Robin Lehner, Max Pacioretty, Nic Hague, Brayden McNabb, Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith

VGK registration: 34-26-4 for 72 points

The Vegas Golden Knights were slipping in the standings and held six points behind the Los Angeles Kings when Los Angeles arrived at T-Mobile Arena for a division game on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights are in a dogfight to qualify for the playoffs and hope that a long list of injured players can be much shorter.

Third-string goaltender Logan Thompson skated into the net for VGK on Saturday morning at 1 p.m. and played solidly through the first half as the Golden Knights led 2-0, after goals from Evgenii Dadonov and Chandler Stephenson.

But in the second period, the Kings took the lead when forward Phillip Danault scored his 19th goal of the season, beating a backhand past Thompson.

VGK responded with a goal by forward Mattias Janmark, his eighth, and the Knights led 3-1 after two periods.

The Golden Knights weren’t spectacular, but they played smart.

Thompson was solid in front of goal. And Alex Pietrangelo scored an empty net for a 4-1 lead.

Michael Amadio scored a cleanup goal to finalize the score at Golden Knights 5 Kings 1.

Goalkeeper Logan Thompson and defender Ben Hutton after the game with the media

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