Golden Knights score six, defeat Kings in return from break

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LOS ANGELES — The Vegas Golden Knights extended their road winning streak to six games, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 at crypto.com Arena on Tuesday.

Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and an assist for the Golden Knights (21-12-0), who are 6-1-0 in their past seven and played for the first time since a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 21. Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves.  

Jonathan Quick was replaced in the second period after allowing five goals on 15 shots for the Kings (14-12-5), who had not played since Dec. 19 due to postponements and NHL’s expanded holiday break.

Anze Kopitar had an assist to break a tie with Wayne Gretzky for second place in Kings history. Kopitar has 673 assists in 1,160 games for Los Angeles; Gretzky had 672 in 539 games. Marcel Dionne is first with 757.

Vegas led 3-1 after the first period. Reilly Smith scored on the power play at 9:53 of the first period, and Keegan Kolesar made it 2-0 at 10:19. 

Adrian Kempe pulled the Kings to 2-1 at 10:32, with Kopitar getting the secondary assist to pass Gretzky. 

Marchessault made it 3-1 at 11:09, scoring off the rebound after William Karlsson‘s pass hit the post.

Chandler Stephenson scored on the power play for a 4-1 lead 1:21 into the second period, and Quick was replaced by Garret Sparks after Mattias Janmark made it 5-1 at 2:47.

Sparks made 11 saves in relief of Quick, who allowed five goals for the second straight start. Quick gave up five goals on 33 shots in a 5-1 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 18.   

Trevor Moore scored shorthanded to make it 5-2 at 15:30. 

Marchessault got his second goal at 1:55 of the third period to make it 6-2.

Alex Iafallo cut it to 6-3 at 5:50.

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