Vegas Golden Knights Defeat San Jose Sharks, Advance to Western Conference Final

Vegas Golden Knights Defeat San Jose Sharks, Advance to Western Conference Final

Smith gathered the loose puck, fed it to the front of the net to an open Marchessault, who beat goalie Martin Jones for his fourth goal of the playoffs. It went off Logan Couture and right to James Neal, whose scored from right next to the slot put Vegas ahead. But Hertl's pass rolled helplessly off of Couture's stick, and Vegas dodged a first-period bullet.

The Sharks do know the way to San Jose, but were hoping to be heading back to Vegas for a deciding Game 7, but the Golden Knights ruined that idea. That left the Sharks to ruminate on early, missed opportunities on the night their season ended.

More news: Torino Hold Napoli For Juventus

"I couldn't find a way today to put it in", Hertl said.

"It was maybe a little bit of a shock, but I'm proud of our team, our organization, the way they did things here", Fleury said. Whether the puck spun off, or [we] got a skate on it, or whatever kind of happened ... For my entire life, I have listened to this man get the crowd in the spirit before Boston Bruins home games. It seemed San Jose wasn't going to catch a break in this initial period. Through 91 regular season outings, 46 of its games have gone over the total, while 42 have gone under and just three have pushed. Just seconds later, Cody Eakin iced the game for Vegas with an empty netter at 18:09 sending the Golden Knights to the Western Conference Finals in their first season. That's a good enough reason to be sure. I know they're generally harmless, but to me, the videos just highlight the disconnect between the league, which is trying to modernize, and its fans, who see it as largely anachronistic.

More news: British foreign secretary to meet with U.S. officials on Iran

The Vegas Golden Knights needed to win their home game on Friday night or they would be in deep trouble as the Sharks have been a tough out at home this year. After Game 6, he disclosed that he had a separated shoulder and an MCL issue. The Golden Knights are a +125 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals. As was the case for most of the matchups between the two clubs this season, Vegas was the better team over the final 20 minutes, and held San Jose to just seven, five-on-five shots as its season wound down. But with three seconds left in the first period, the Golden Knights netted the game's first goal.

"We deserve to be here", coach Gerard Gallant said.

More news: Severe Weather Possibilities This Weds. Night

The latter point could still very well end up happening, but they enter Monday's Game 6 (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, live stream) in Winnipeg facing a must-win situation, needing to win back-to-back games against a Jets team that has given them fits in their second-round series. So the Golden Knights look like the most impressive expansion National Hockey League team to date, even if they don't get past the conference final. Jones, like the rest of us, is probably still unsure how it snuck by him. "For us, if we're playing against them tonight, try and force them to defend, play in the d-zone". Unfortunately, we didn't get the bounces to go our way.

Related Articles