LOS ANGELES — Chandler Stephenson spilled the beans about the Golden Knights’ new forecheck after the penultimate preseason game and admitted it’s a work in progress.
But the speedy center was the beneficiary of that new system, and his go-ahead goal in the opening victory over Seattle was a good example of the Knights’ commitment to squeezing teams in the neutral zone this season.
“I think it’s been a good change. It fits us,” center William Karlsson said Wednesday. “We want to play aggressive, try to force those turnovers. It’s not perfect yet, but I think more as we get playing, it’s going to get better.”
Stephenson scored the winning goal 8:33 into the third period after right wing Mark Stone stepped in front of a long, diagonal pass by Kraken defenseman Adam Larsson.
The Knights took away Larsson’s passing options, with defenseman Alec Martinez stepping up to pressure Seattle right wing Jordan Eberle near the red line and Max Pacioretty cutting off the outlet through the middle of the ice to center Jared McCann.
Rather than sending a pass to his defense partner, Larsson went for the riskier play, and Stone quickly transitioned the other way into a three-on-three rush that ended with Stephenson knocking the puck into the net off the outside of his right skate.
“We came into camp and we want to turn more pucks over in that area of the ice,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer…