Now, the Knights have quickly shifted from fun storyline to Stanley Cup co-favorite after opening the season with 200-1 odds to raise the cup. Tonight, the Vegas Golden Knights can complete the sweep of the Kings, while the San Jose Sharks can deliver the death-blow (and give us cryin' Ryan Kesler pictures!) tomorrow night in northern California. Jonathan Quick has more than lived up to his end of the bargain, but where is Jeff Carter? He had a 1.55 GAA and a.947 save percentage.
The Preds are the hunted this year, and every opponent knows how good they are.
The Knightline drummers perform between periods during the Golden Knights game four playoff matchup with the Los Angeles Kings at a watch party at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Las Vegas.
You see, despite Fleury's excellent regular season numbers, we've seen this story before with the veteran netminder. Considering that it is literally impossible to win a series when you only score three goals, this is a pretty easy deficiency to highlight. Vegas scratched and clawed it's way to the finish and swept the first playoff series in franchise history.
In other games on Tuesday, Winnipeg moved to within one win of a series victory over Minnesota with a 2-0 win on the road at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.
Even though Vegas played nearly double the games in the west compared to the east, something convinces me that the east is way a tougher conference to play in than the west.
Sorensen, who spent most of the season in the AHL, took the rebound of Brent Burns' point shot and scored his third goal of the series less than six minutes into the game. These were the players who could make or break a series for each respective club, be it a star center, depth winger or netminder who would have all eyes on him.
When I say dominated the puck, I don't necessarily mean in terms of Corsi, though Vegas did lead with a 54 per cent mark at 5-on-5, or even possession of the puck in the offensive zone, where Vegas controlled 56 per cent of the zone time at 5-on-5. There is a lot more to name.
The great regular season was rewarded with a tough first-round draw against Los Angeles Kings. The Predators lead their first-round series 2-1 but they haven't even advanced to the second round; the Knights have.
Though the Kings may be down 3-0, all hope is not lost.
If Los Angeles is to extend the series, it needs contributions from their top players. (The NHL awards two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss).
Much of the Golden Knights' excellent all-around play came from the confidence that Fleury's play has given them.
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