Sports Kings coach Stevens: 'Bunch of BS' that Haula got away with butt-end on Kopitar

18:51  16 april  2018
18:51  16 april  2018 Source:   theScore

Erik Haula scores with chips down as Golden Knights beat Kings in 2OT

  Erik Haula scores with chips down as Golden Knights beat Kings in 2OT Erik Haula's goal in double overtime gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. With 4:37 left on the clock in the second overtime, Haula skated in on his own to beat goalie Jonathan Quick and send a towel-waving crowd of 18,588 into a frenzy. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday night in Los Angeles. Alex Tuch scored for expansion Vegas in regulation, and Paul LaDue had the Kings' goal. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights. Quick stopped 54 shots for the Kings.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula (56) scores the game winning goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar both sent shots wide of Fleury three minutes into the first overtime, and Neal had a pair of wrist shots blocked by Quick at the other end .

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Los Angeles Kings head coach John Stevens was left shaking his head after a Game 3 loss to Vegas in which star center Anze Kopitar appeared to be butt-ended by Erik Haula, a play left unpenalized by the officials.

"We get a guy suspended for making a hockey play, and he (Haula) butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt end of his stick," Stevens said, per TSN. "So, if I was confused before, I'm bewildered now. That's an intent-to-injure play … you guys make the judgment, because it's a bunch of BS, to be honest with you."

Stevens is referring to the suspension given to Drew Doughty earlier in the series, a decision the defenseman also referred to as "BS."

The NHL's Department of Player Safety could take another look at this play, but no hearing has been scheduled as of yet.

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