National Hockey League playoffs: Expansion Golden Knights sweep Kings to advance to 2nd round

The Vegas Golden Knights just swept a playoff series, as an expansion team
Golden Knights sweep Kings in their first playoff series with shutout victory in Game 4
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19 April, 2018

Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots for the Wild, who played without star left wing Zach Parise because of a broken sternum suffered in Game 3.

How do the Golden Knights' stack up in a potential second-round matchup against the Sharks or Ducks? That's it."Few expected much from Vegas coming into this season". His 63 starts this season was the third highest of his career. Fleury is no stranger to the playoffs.

Game 4 was Fleury's 66th win in the postseason, which pushed him past Dominik Hasek for 11th on the all-time list. That success can be tributed to veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and three-time Stanley Cup victor. At this point, we should no longer be surprised by what they do, and maybe they really do have a legitimate chance to make a run at the Stanley Cup. Fivethirtyeight.com crunched the numbers and found Vegas's season far outshone such expansion successes as the 1961 Los Angeles Angels, the 1967 Chicago Bulls, the 1995 Carolina Panthers and the 1994 Florida Panthers.

That, of course, opened the Kings up to plenty of mocking on Twitter as they now face elimination at the hands of the Golden Knights.

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The Golden Knights are equipped to win either type of series, and they show no signs of resting on their laurels.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights, a first-year expansion hockey team, is making headlines as they swept the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beating the LA Kings in all four games. Despite only having six goals through two games, Vegas has benefitted from balanced scoring. Tuesday's effort was Fleury's 12th career postseason shutout, tied with Terry Sawchuk for 10th-most in National Hockey League history."You guys remind us or tell us about those records, but it's not something that we talk about or shoot for", Fleury said.

It was Game 4, too, where Fleury gave off the feeling that he's found something special this season. The puck hit Erik Haula's skate, preventing it from going into the wide-open net. "I've just got to be able to finish". In the opening round against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fleury posted a 4-1 record with a strong.932 SP. He was in goal when the Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round past year. And while he was shakiest in that series against the Ottawa Senators, his.910 SP through three outings was still better than his career average. Though the Kings have outhit the Knights virtually in every game, it is not having an effect on the Knights whatsoever. "We have to play our game and play it well".


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