Expansion Knights sink Sharks to reach Conference finals

Golden Knights top Sharks to grab 3-2 series lead

Marc-Andre Fleury needed to be on his game for the Golden Knights to have a chance in this series and luckily for them, he was more than up to the task. The team is now 8-2 in the playoffs as they swept the LA Kings in round one and won in six games against the San Jose Sharks in round two. They just don't know where. "We got caught on the wrong end of it tonight".

"You get this far and you lose, it's disappointing". But none of those opportunities could beat Fleury, who got some fortunate bounces to go his way. "We need to do a better job in front of him". He finished the postseason with a.928 save percentage and a 2.26 goals-against average.

San Jose got 16 shots on goal in the first period, but were unable to get anything past Fleury, who rebounded well from his first loss of the post-season.

"Puck was rolling a ton", Couture said. If I had taken a step to my left, maybe I could have one-timed it. "Just got on my stick and rolled off". Fleury then rubbed the post in appreciation at the next stoppage.

The most egregious of the missed opportunities came when Kane missed a gaping net from the doorstep because he had his arms raised in the air, believing he'd scored off the deflection of a Brent Burns shot that hit the crossbar. Joonas Donskoi collected the puck and backhanded it through the crease, but Vegas picked it up.

The San Jose Sharks sneaked into the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 as the third seed in the Pacific Division. The Sharks' in all, had 31 shot attempts in the first 20 minutes.

Game 3 and Game 4 will be hosted by the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

Asked if scoring first might have changed the complexion of Sunday's game, Couture said, "It's tough to say. They missed the net, they hit the post", said Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It felt like throughout the series, they went up 1-0, 2-0 nearly every game. I think that we've done a lot more than we thought we were capable of, but we continue to set the bar to new heights with our group.

"It might have made a difference".

Marc-Edouard Vlasic's turnover early in the second period proved costly as Jon Marchessault slipped one past Martin Jones.

Brenden Dillon held David Perron to give Vegas a power play less than a minute after Meier's one-timer off a flawless cross-ice pass from Chris Tierney gave the Sharks the lead. The Golden Knights trio of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Rielly Smith picked up 25 points combined. But that quickly turned as James Neal held the puck below the goal line and fed Miller with a pass that Marc-Edouard Vlasic almost broke up for a tap-in that tied the game. He's earned the right to play more in the next round.

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