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  • LAS VEGAS (AP) The expansion Golden Knights made an historic run through the regular season.On to the next step Buffalo Sabres Hats Womens , the playoffs – something entirely different, with Vegas facing a major test in the first round.Postseason hockey makes its debut on The Strip on Wednesday night with the Knights hosting the Los Angeles Kings, an experienced playoff team that hoisted the Stanley Cup as recently as 2014 and that used to hold exhibition games in Vegas.The teams split their four regular-season games, each winning once at home and once on the road, even as the Knights were making an unprecedented run through the regular season, which included winning the Pacific Division title. They were the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four major North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division.”It’s a new season now and we gotta keep battling and keep playing hard and do what we did all regular season long – win hockey games,” said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, a heavy favorite to win the Jack Adams Award that honors the coach of the year. ”We’re playing against a real good LA team that’s had great playoff experience. It’s going to be a battle, but it’s gonna be fun.”Here are some things to look for as Los Angeles, which won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, looks to end Vegas’ storybook first season.FLOWER POWER: Veteran netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is back in the playoffs after hoisting the Stanley Cup the past two years with Pittsburgh. Gallant was never named a captain on the Golden Knights but the three-time champion and 14-year veteran – affectionately known as Flower – has been a locker room leader all season. Fleury finished second in the league with a 2.24 goals-against average. He was 1-0-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .931 save percentage against the Kings this season.WILD BILL: William Karlsson finished the season with 43 goals and 35 assists. Last season with Columbus Custom Buffalo Sabres Jerseys , he scored six goals and had 19 assists. His 37-goal improvement matched the third-largest year-to-year boost in NHL history. With Reilly Smith healthy again, rejoining Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault on the top line, the Golden Knights’ offense will be tough to contain.KING QUICK: Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick snatched his second career William M. Jennings Trophy, an annual award given to the goalkeeper having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed an NHL-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the President’s Cup Trophy-winning Nashville Predators (211) and 11 less than the Boston Bruins (214). Quick was 1-1-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and .908 save percentage against Vegas.DOUGHTY THE DOUBTER: Back in December, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was quoted as saying ”there’s no way they’re going to be a better team than us by the end of the season,” after the Golden Knights went into Los Angeles and stole a 3-2 victory in overtime.”They’re a confident group, that’s for sure,” said former King and current Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. ”I think that’s a little bit of Doughty’s personality. He’s a confident guy, rightfully so, he’s a great player. But we don’t really think much into that. We’re a confident group in here www.flamesshoponline.com , too.”— ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks had the chance to move back into a playoff spot by getting a point against the New Jersey Devils. That, however, wasn’t necessarily their main motivation.Coach Randy Carlyle offered his team a day off if they won their final two home games before starting their last road trip of the season, and the extra incentive enticed the Ducks into smothering the Devils with their physicality.Brandon Montour scored a power-play goal, helping lift the Ducks into third place in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 win Sunday night.Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist, and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who lead Los Angeles by two points in the division. Anaheim won its third straight game and is 6-1-0 in its last seven at home.”These types of games, you’re fighting hard for those two points,” said Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had an assist. ”Especially against a speedy team like this Calgary Flames T-Shirts Womens , you have to try to slow them down. That’s our kind of hockey.”John Gibson made 15 saves, improving to 9-2-0 in his last 11 starts.The Ducks held the Devils to a season-low 17 shots, clogging up the neutral zone and keeping New Jersey’s top lines from getting into open space. It was the second time this season the Devils did not attempt at least 20 shots, after being held to 19 at the New York Rangers on Oct. 14.”They were just all over us,” Devils forward Patrick Maroon said. ”We didn’t push back. They had the physical game going, and I thought we kind of shied away from them a little bit.”Kyle Palmieri had a power-play goal and Maroon also scored for the Devils, who had won the first three games of their six-game road trip. Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves, ending a four-start winning streak.New Jersey holds the second wild-card in the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of Florida.Montour put the Ducks up 3-1 at 7:55 in the third period, scoring down low off a pass from Getzlaf.Maroon cut the lead to 3-2 at 10:05, but Rakell scored 46 seconds later to restore a two-goal lead.”We felt like we had control of the game Calgary Flames Hoodies Womens ,” said Rakell, who has a point in 14 straight games against East teams, with 11 goals and 11 assists in that span. ”We didn’t get negative after they scored. We kept coming after them.”The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 1:14 in the first on Getzlaf’s 11th goal. Kinkaid saved Rakell’s shot, but his momentum sent the goalie spinning out of the crease, leaving an empty net for Getzlaf.Silfverberg made it 2-0 at 6:37 by redirecting Josh Manson’s shot.Palmieri scored at 10:31 of the second to end the Ducks’ streak of 34 straight penalty kills dating to Jan. 23 with a sharp-angle shot from the left circle.”I thought Anaheim played a heck of a game,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”You have to give credit to the opponent, too, for how well they play. I thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and our puck movement did not allow us to access our speed.”NOTES: Devils LW Miles Wood did not return after sustaining an apparent right elbow injury in the second. Wood’s right arm was extended to play the puck when he was hit from behind by Ducks D Francois Beauchemin. … Manson sustained an upper-body injury in the first and did not return. . Getzlaf has four goals and 15 assists in his last 12 games.UP NEXTDevils: Continue their road trip at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.Ducks: Open a four-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.—