Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

NHL Play Offs: Golden Knights along with Lightning Advance

NHL Play Offs: Golden Knights along with Lightning Advance

The Golden Knights almost made it 2-0 five minutes later, but Sharks center Chris Tierney blocked a shot by Smith in front of an open net and San Jose right winger Timo Meier then stopped Brayden McNabb's rebound attempt.

The Golden Knights now await the victor of Nashville and Winnipeg, who will battle it out for at least one more game while Vegas gets even more rest.

"We made ourselves a good team", Fleury said.

The 2nd period was a four-line, three-pairing display of the brand of hockey that had the Golden Knights one game away from the Western Conference Finals in the first place.

The Golden Knights then smothered the Sharks for most of the third period with Fleury getting some help again when Burns' point shot hit the post with about six minutes left. It's one thing to get a lead in a game or a series, it's another to get the lead in a game which can end your opponent's season, but it's a completely different animal trying to officially stomp the life out of that season.

"We deserve to be here", coach Gerard Gallant said. "Throughout the series, just didn't get enough from all 20 that dressed".

"It's very disappointing, you get this far and lose, it's disappointing", Sharks forward Logan Couture said. It's extra disappointing when you don't play the way you know that you're capable of. "That's something that's very hard to take".

Fleury, for his part, made 28 saves to record his second shutout of the series and his fourth of the playoffs.

Fleury (94.6 save percentage) has been sensational and may be the Conn Smythe favourite right now, but there's no doubt he has looked less comfortable against San Jose's waves of attacks than he did against Los Angeles' punchless offence. They played great. They finished the chances when they needed to. "The enemy's got a vote, and the enemy in this series was Fleury. I still haven't seen the play". "It was tough to get goals and obviously we didn't get any tonight".

The Sharks came out fast with Hertl drawing an early penalty and the team generating numerous chances.

"Happy. Happy", Fleury said of his reaction to closing out the Sharks.

The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period. But his attempt from in close went off the cross-bar and wound up behind the net. "Tried to handle it". But I didn't see where (Hertl) was chucking it in front of the net. But Hertl's pass rolled helplessly off of Couture's stick, and Vegas dodged a first-period bullet.

The Golden Knights then added to the lead after an icing by Brent Burns led to an offensive zone faceoff. Joonas Donskoi collected the puck and backhanded it through the crease, but Vegas picked it up.

It was a dominant effort by the road team, which shut out the Sharks 3-0 in San Jose. Vegas set the tone in the first period, outshooting the Sharks 15-7, outhitting them 26-14, and taking a 1-0 lead.

The Sharks gave up the first goal in four of six games in the series.

"Definitely we would have liked to have been more productive", Pavelski said.

"It might have made a difference".

Nate Schmidt had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Marchessault and Cody Eakin scored for Vegas. His shot from in close slipped under Jones for his fourth goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Vegas lead. David Perron beat Tierney on the draw and Schmidt took a shot that appeared to deflect off the post and out. The shot hit the goal post and then quickly caromed off the camera inside middle of the net and bounced out, and play initially continued until the siren sounded on the ice after the NHL Situation Room in Toronto, in coordination with the video goal judge, was able to determine that a goal had been scored through the use of a replay.

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