Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Golden Knights vs

Posted April 30, 2018

Get live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis on Thursday at 7 p.m. from Las Vegas as the Sharks take on the Golden Knights in Game 1 of their second-round series.

The Sharks looked awfully slow and lost at times in the 7-0 rout at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights in their second-round series opener.

After a dominant first round against Anaheim, San Jose goalie Martin Jones got lit up in Game 1.

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Jones had allowed four goals in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, and it took less than half a period for that total to be matched by the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury goes into Saturday night's game with back-to-back shutouts and an eye-popping.982 save percentage in the playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights would defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 clinching the Pacific Division. If the Las Vegas offense stays red-hot, it might be near unbeatable in this seven-game series.

Vegas (-185) is now the favorite over San Jose (+160), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety suspended left winger Evander Kane for one game for a cross-check to the face of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during a third-period scrum that resulted in Kane receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Vegas scored three goals in a 91-second stretch and a four-goal first period.

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Anyone who has been anywhere in the Vegas valley over the past four months or so is well aware of the buzz this city has for the Golden Knights, but finally, there are numbers to back up how in love Las Vegas is for its hockey team. "I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight".

Vegas vanquished any version of suspense in the opening six minutes, attacking San Jose relentlessly en route to three goals.

"We got better in practice, we ramped it up, so we were excited to get going". Owning the run of play will be one key to breaking down a Sharks defense that was incredibly limiting in the first round, too, particularly if the series turns into a battle of netminders. During the regular season, he went 29-13-4 with career-best marks in GAA (2.24) and save percentage (.927).

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Two teams that have pounded opposing nets with shots, San Jose has registered the league's eighth-most shots on goal (32.9) and Vegas's attempted the 10th-most (32.8). 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.