Sharks' season of hurdles ended by biggest obstacle in Golden Knights

Sharks' season of hurdles ended by biggest obstacle in Golden Knights

Sharks' season of hurdles ended by biggest obstacle in Golden Knights

"I think we had a couple of those that didn't go in". "A lot of guys stepped up and played some hard, productive minutes, and it was encouraging to see".

While Marchessault's goal was the game-winner, Nate Schmidt's odd goal seemed to break San Jose's will.

Congrats to the Vegas Golden Knights and their long-suffering fans.

With their 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in game six on Sunday, expansion franchise Vegas became just the third team in National Hockey League history to make it to the conference finals in an inaugural season. Out of all the remaining teams still alive in the NHL Playoffs, the Golden Knights compiled a 9-3-0 record in the regular season against them.

Last year, San Jose sputtered toward the finish of the season and lost in six games to Edmonton in the first round in large part due to injuries that hampered top two centres Couture and Joe Thornton. With the Sharks swarming in front of Fleury, Hertl whacked at a loose puck and knocked it in for the equalizer with 1:57 to go, sending the towel-waving crowd into a frenzy. It started when usually reliable Marc-Edouard Vlasic turned the puck over in his own zone.

The Jets and Predators are tied 3-3 in their second-round series after Nashville won 4-0 in Game 6 on Monday. Here are three reasons why San Jose lost to Vegas. After deflecting to Timo Meier, the left winger fired at the net under Fleury and wide of the goal. Evander Kane made his case after being acquired and nearly seems sure he will not be leaving. That totals up to to Shark chances in the first period that were off the post, giving Vegas some lucky breaks early. Fortunately for us, Fleury made some key saves in the first period. Reilly Smith capitalized by securing the puck and sending a pass to his right, finding Marchessault. "The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams". Then came the phantom goal by Nate Schmidt at 15:38 that was thought to be deflected off the crossbar.

He had plenty of help from a crew of castoffs who have come together in Vegas to form a team that has a legitimate shot at a championship.

Despite holding a 2-0 lead, the Golden Knights continued to apply heavy pressure to the Sharks, holding a 16-10 edge in shots on goal for the period.

Moments after he was denied on a breakaway attempt - with a follow-up shot hitting the side of the Vegas Golden Knights' net - Hertl wore a look of disbelief. "The enemy's got a vote, and the enemy this series was Fleury".

The Golden Knights added to their tally 15:38 into the period. He slid the puck into the empty net.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are going to the NHL Western Conference Finals.

The Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their history.a history that is not even a season old.

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