Vegas Golden Knights Defeat San Jose Sharks, Advance to Western Conference Final

Posted May 11, 2018

"Vegas deserves to be moving on". Many of these players are in their mid-20s as they are hitting or are in their prime. "They give everything they've got every night". They made it tough for me. They had 109 points during the regular season, less than the Jets (114) and Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators (117).

That's what perhaps makes this the most bitter playoff loss in coach Peter DeBoer's three seasons in San Jose, all of which ended with home playoff losses. He took the place of Ryan Carpenter.

The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period.

The Sharks top line was quiet.

This may sound obvious and unnecessary to point out, but the Rangers aren't going to win anything if they only rely on their talent. While Fleury gave up more goals in this series than he did in the four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings, he was still incredible. "There was a confidence about them".

Coming in with low expectations, the Golden Knights recorded 109 points which won the division and was third-best in the conference. San Jose led for only 70:24 of the 393:30. "We'll get on a flight Friday morning and go somewhere".

San Jose also ran smack into a hot goalie. "It was a six game battle".

"It's very disappointing, you get this far and lose, it's disappointing", Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "The enemy's got a vote, and the enemy in this series was Fleury". He slipped to a 3.13 GAA and.895 save percentage and twice was replaced in goal.

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Games 1 and 5 will be televised on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV-3, and the rest of the games will be shown on NBCSN. "I think we had a couple of those that didn't go in".

"I wouldn't look at those numbers as being anything on him", Pavelski told the Mercury News.

Vegas almost added to the lead when Smith had a shot at open net that San Jose forward Chris Tierney blocked from the crease. Fittingly, Marchessault scored the series clincher Sunday with assists from Karlsson and Smith.

"It doesn't matter a whole lot", he said.

Kane and Donskoi's ailments just accentuated the absence of Joe Thornton, who went down with a right-knee injury on January 23. A few minutes later, he turned down an attempt during a scramble in front of the net that upon review was ruled no goal after the puck was pushed across following the whistle.

"No handshake is easy when you're on the losing side", Pavelski said. After all, they were just an expansion team and most of their players consisted of guys other teams did not find of value to their franchise. We always felt like we had a chance to move on to another round. Could it just be a change of scenery and an expanded role on a new National Hockey League franchise?

Ross McKeon is a freelance writer.