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NHL Second-Round Playoff Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

30 April 2018

The game averaged 830,000 viewers with a peak of 1.1 millon, that's up 47% vs comparable game past year and the best late-night Round Two Game 1 since 2010, excluding Blackhawks games. The Vegas Golden Knights would defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 clinching the Pacific Division. Alex Tuch, Shea Theodore, Colin Miller and James Neal also scored, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each had three assists, and Marchessault and David Perron added two each. During the regular season, he went 29-13-4 with career-best marks in GAA (2.24) and save percentage (.927). Vegas was first to get through, playing their final game of Round 1 nine days ago, with San Jose advancing eight days ago.

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

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"We got better in practice, we ramped it up, so we were excited to get going". He anchors the penalty kill, which finished 12th in the National Hockey League during the regular season (81.4 percent) and is first in the playoffs (94.4 percent). San Jose was not able to get anything going on offense, courtesy of Vegas' blocking ability and a wall named Marc-Andre Fleury. "They'll be a lot better and hopefully we'll be better, too". The Golden Knights matched their seven-goal total in the first game against the San Jose Sharks, winning 7-0.

Vegas is 31-10-2 at home but will be facing a veteran San Jose squad that is 22-14-7 on the road, outscoring Anaheim 6-2 in two wins at the Honda Center. "I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight".

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With the Golden Knights coming off a similar type of break, having wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings on April 17, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer didn't quite know how sharp both teams would be in the first few minutes of the first period.

Fleury famously won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but none of those teams at any point in the playoffs prevailed in five straight games.

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Jones was pulled after the play, down 5-0 less than 24 minutes into the second round, replaced by back-up Aaron Dell who made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. 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. Sure, Thornton is inching close to 39, but he's still a supremely skilled playmaker who can give San Jose a shot in the arm at even strength and on the power play.

NHL Second-Round Playoff Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights