NHL fans know that preseason wins don’t mean anything. They give a team a chance to see young players in game situations against another team, give veterans a chance to knock off any rust that built up over the summer, and give new teammates a chance to develop a little chemistry before the games start to matter.
Given those facts, if you can accomplish the above and get a win, everybody wins. For the third preseason game in a row, the Vegas Golden Knights have shown that no rust has built up over the short summer, chemistry seems to be contagious to anyone wearing the Knights’ jersey, and some of the youngest players in the organization are making the case that they deserve a shot to make this club.
On Thursday, the top line of Jonathan Marchessault (two goals, two assists), William Karlsson (goal and two assists), and Reilly Smith (one goal, three assists) showed mid-season form in the Vegas Golden Knights 7-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
The Knights also got goals from Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Hague, and Daniel Carr. Oscar Dansk made 17 saves in the win.
Jeff Carter and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Kings. It was Kovalchuk’s first goal of the preseason, after spending the last five seasons in the KHL in Russia.
The Kings’ top goaltender Jonathan Quick allowed six goals on 23 shots in two periods, and Cal Petersen made five saves in the third.
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