LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Anze Kopitar scored twice, rookie Calvin Petersen made 42 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Sunday night.
The Kings improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine games, a winning stretch that came on the heels of a 1-9-1 skid that spanned from Jan. 11 to Feb. 9.
Los Angeles, which is in last place in the Pacific Division, snapped Vegas' franchise record-tying eight-game win streak. The Golden Knights hadn't lost since a 4-0 defeat in Minnesota on Feb. 11.
“Obviously, they were kind of hot, so we wanted to come in here ... and have a good performance,” Petersen said, “and I think everybody did their job."
It marked the third straight game Golden Knights fans were treated to an exceptional goaltending performance, after Marc-Andre Fleury registered the 61st shutout of his career and Robin Lehner won his debut with Vegas. This time, however, the announced gathering of 18,419 watched Petersen improve to 2-0-0 against Vegas.
Petersen was brilliant in stifling the Golden Knights' normally potent offense that clearly was missing Mark Stone, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Of his 42 stops, 19 came in the third period.
"I made the saves I needed to make, and it worked out," Petersen said.
It was the second straight game Petersen held a playoff-contender to just one goal, after beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, when he stopped 36 shots. The 25-year-old was making just his sixth start of the season — all since Feb. 8.