Sharks suffer their worst playoff loss in almost 23 years

Sharks suffer their worst playoff loss in almost 23 years

Vegas didn't have a ton of offensive success in their four game series win against Los Angeles but they have been one of the league's best home teams all season long and are now in the midst of a 12-1 mark in their last 13 games at home against a team with a winning road record. Vegas scored five on San Jose in less than 25 minutes to open Game 1. San Jose goalie Martin Jones gave up only four goals all series against the Ducks.

The Golden Knights' team defense and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will need to be the backbone while competing against a much more unsafe opponent. 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.

The Pacific Division champion Golden Knights have done well with the home ice, going 32-10-2, including playoffs.

Game 2 in the best-of-7 series at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Sharks were written off at the beginning of the season and even more so once Joe Thornton went down with an injury but they could very well get the veteran forward back for this series as San Jose tries frantically to exorcize their playoff demons and finally claim the ever elusive Stanley Cup. For the record, San Jose also swept its opponent - the Ducks - in the first round. On Thursday night, they met one another for the first game of their second-round series. Erik Haula, James Neal and Alex Tuch each contributed a goal and an assist.

"They're a great hockey team and we got some early goals on them and took advantage of that". The speedy Knights continued to put excellent pressure on the puck, and San Jose didn't have much room (or time) to operate.

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He rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns to go with 102 career catches for 1,195 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has the ideal mean streak to play inside against the interior defensive linemen.

In any case, it's getting increasingly hard to look at the Golden Knights and think that they're not the real deal, even in their inaugural season.

"We just have to be ready to play the next game", Gallant said.

Former Billings Bulls trainer Mike Muir has his dream job with the NHL's Las Vegas Golden Knights. "Hopefully you write that, and we go from there". Only one game was decided by more than one goal, though that Golden Knights two-goal victory came by way of an empty net marker.

Eakin started the scoring barrage when he deflected Brayden McNabb's wrist shot from the point past Jones 4:31 into the game. He allowed three goals throughout the entire four-game battle, and coming off of the best regular season of his career, there's no reason to expect anything less than stellar play from Fleury.

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