Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

March On! Golden Knights Slay Sharks, Continue Historic Inaugural Season

March On! Golden Knights Slay Sharks, Continue Historic Inaugural Season

Monday, a day after the Sharks exited the Stanley Cup playoffs and a day before they were scheduled to clean out lockers, all that's left is to dissect what went wrong against a first-year team of improbable destiny.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for his fourth shutout of the postseason as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Western Conference final with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

"The [Sharks series] was a really good series", McPhee said. It was a season that was good from start to finish as they came roaring out of the gate in October and did not look back.

As we all know, the Rangers are in a transition period that will show us their mental makeup when nobody is going to give them a chance.

Karlsson was that hero - just as he has been so much this season. William Karlsson scored 43 goals in the regular season and had the overtime victor in Game 3 of this series.

"I was looking at the guy with puck".

"We're having a lot of fun in this room", Schmidt said. Fleury had two shutouts in this series and gave up 14 goals in the six-game series. Evander Kane made his case after being acquired and nearly seems sure he will not be leaving.

Hertl drove to the net with a strong power move. The Sharks were one of the last eight teams playing after absorbing an offseason departure of franchise pillar Patrick Marleau and the loss of another cornerstone - Joe Thornton - who went down with a season-ending injury in January. "We had a big one the other night". That carried over to the first round when he had three goals and an assists in a sweep against Anaheim but Kane wasn't almost as effective against Vegas as he played through injuries.

San Jose efficiently put away a dysfunctional Anaheim Ducks squad in the first round through their speed and controlling play in the neutral zone. 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.

Hertl was sent in on a breakaway at the 9:08 mark of the first period as the Sharks caught the Golden Knights on a line change. "They missed the net, they hit the post", said Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The trio combined for merely three goals. He deftly sent a blind, backhand pass through the crease to Smith, who tapped it in for the 3-1 lead. But it did not come without a little help from the goal posts which prevented the Sharks from scoring on multiple occasions. "It was tough to get goals and obviously we didn't get any tonight". "We're chasing the game the whole series here". He practiced all post-season and even took part in all the pregame skates but never felt quite healthy enough to get back into the lineup.

NOTES: Sharks F Joonas Donskoi (lower body) sat out. They won at Winnipeg and at Nashville, beating the Jets 3-2 in overtime February 1 and defeating Nashville 4-3 in a shootout December 8. F Tomas Tatar returned after missing the past four games as a healthy scratch.

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