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Los Angeles 6, Vegas 2
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 14, 2021
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Marc Joannette, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 16589

Anze Kopitar had three goals and two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-2 win against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, Dustin Brown added a goal and an assist, Phillip Danault also scored and Calvin Petersen made 23 saves for the Kings in their season opener.

Kopitar is beginning his 16th season with the Kings, Doughty his 14th and Brown his 18th.

Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson scored for Vegas, which opened its season with a 4-3 win against the visiting Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. Robin Lehner made 27 saves through the first two periods before he was replaced by Laurent Brossoit, who made 14 saves in the third.

Kopitar completed the hat trick at 15:06 of the third period and set a franchise record for most points in a season opener.

Jonathan Quick had started the previous 12 season openers for the Kings, but he served as the backup to Petersen on Thursday.

Petersen made four saves in the first six minutes before Theodore scored at 9:00 of the first period when the puck ricocheted out to him above the right circle and he netted a one-timer for a 1-0 lead.

Brown tied it 1-1 at 13:15 of the first when he took a pass from Doughty while cutting down the left side and converted his own rebound from a sharp angle.

Kopitar scored the first of two power-play goals for the Kings to give them a 2-1 lead with 43 seconds left in the opening period.

Danault scored on a tip shot to extend the lead to 3-1 at 3:05 of the second period.

Vegas forward Mark Stone, who led the team with 61 points and 40 assists in 55 games last season, was helped to the dressing room at 12:20 of the second period and did not return.

Kopitar scored off a two-on-one to stretch the lead to 4-1 at 10:13 of the second period.

Doughty scored the second power-play goal at 1:47 of the third to make it 5-1.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Vegas   Los Angeles
Chandler Stephenson 1 Points Anze Kopitar 5
Chandler Stephenson 1 Goals Anze Kopitar 3
Evgenii Dadonov 1 Assists Drew Doughty 3
N/A Power Play Goals Anze Kopitar 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Laurent Brossoit .875 Save Percentage Calvin Petersen .920
Robin Lehner 27 Saves Calvin Petersen 23
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vegas 25 2 0-1 0-2 9 33
Los Angeles 47 6 2-2 1-1 7 32
Upcoming Games
  • Los Angeles will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Kings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Vegas will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.