At long last, the Sharks and Golden Knights will restart their march towards the Stanley Cup as they square off for the Pacific Division playoff crown. While their regular season accomplishments alone make their inaugural season a huge success, the Vegas Golden Knights still have their foot on the gas pedal and aren't done making history just yet.
Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a.933 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (34-17-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Golden Knights this season.
The Golden Knights won three of four from San Jose in the regular season with three of the four games decided by one goal, and two decided in overtime. Just 26 seconds after his goal, the Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead when Alex Tuch beat Logan Couture, leaving the puck for Erik Haula who zipped a wrister under the blocker of Jones. The Golden Knights once again shocked the world by sweeping the Kings in four games and are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup according to the Westgate Sportsbook. This building seems to have a ton of unders cashing in and with both of these teams experiencing a significant stretch of time off expect then to take a bit of time to get reacclimated and keep this one under the number. "We did our best to stay sharp for that first game and I think we did".
And, according to the team's assistant athletic trainer, Vegas can't get enough. "Hopefully you write that, and we go from there".
Vegas' offensive skaters attempted 32.8 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.3 goals per outing (ranked fourth overall in the NHL).
Vegas vanquished any version of suspense in the opening six minutes, attacking San Jose relentlessly en route to three goals.
Despite the mid-90s heat, an amped-up crowd began to assemble outside of T-Mobile Arena more than two hours before the start of the first period. His second goal of the playoffs was scored in high-light reel fashion on a rush during a Vegas power play. Jones had an outstanding first round, finishing with a save percentage of.970.
The Anaheim Ducks managed to score only four goals in four games against the Sharks in the first round. Pete DeBoer pulled Jones after allowing a fifth goal earlier in the second period. Game 2 is Saturday night. Aaron Dell came in but wasn't much better, allowing two more goals. Guys want to play in that environment, even if its hostile.