Golden Knights cruise to win against Kings in return

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Friday in their first game since Jan. 26.

Vegas had three games postponed with defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and three coaches in NHL COVID-19 protocol. Pietrangelo did not play, but coach Peter DeBoer returned to the bench after 10 days in quarantine.

Nicolas Hague and William Karlsson each had a goal and two assists, and Max Pacioretty had three assists for the Golden Knights (6-1-1). Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to improve to 4-0-0.

Vegas led 5-0 after Cody Glass scored on the power play at 7:03 of the second period.

The Kings (3-5-2) lost their third consecutive game and have been outscored 13-4 in that span.

Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing four goals on 10 shots. Cal Petersen made 25 saves in relief.

Hague scored 50 seconds into the game to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

Mark Stone made it 2-0 at 9:32, and Jonathan Marchessault scored on a rebound in the crease at 10:40 to make it 3-0.

Karlsson scored at 1:35 of the second period to make it 4-0. The Kings replaced Quick with Petersen after the goal.

Austin Wagner scored for Los Angeles to make it 5-1 at 7:47 of the third period.

Dustin Brown scored on the power play at 13:33 for the 5-2 final.

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