Monday, 10 December, 2018

Golden Knights extend remarkable expansion season into conference finals

Golden Knights Golden Knights
| 08 May, 2018, 02:26

Despite giving up a two-goal lead, the Bolts stole the game back in overtime to post a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 4.

Jones fell back to earth in the second round against the Vegas Golden Knights, finishing the series with a.895 percentage despite posting a 34-save shutout in Game 4. We just couldn't get that lead and play with the lead. The Golden Knights have gone 25-20 on the road and they have averaged 2.89 gpg and have allowed 2.93 gpg in those games. In five of the six games, they picked up at least one goal.

The Vegas Golden Knights now await the victor of the Nashville Predators-Winnipeg Jets series, Game 6 of the series is tonight at 9:30 PM EST as the Predators look to avoid elimination and send the series back to Nashville for Game 7.

The Sharks entered this Western Conference semifinal series with almost 900 playoff games of experience, not including the eminent Joe Thornton, who has been dangled as a pregame threat only to be scratched. The game stayed at 5-on-5 for the entirety of the period, and Vegas feasted on a Pacific Division foe like they have all season.Then came the all-important close-out period. The games that got away from us we turned a few too many pucks over, didn't spend enough time in the ozone, fed their transition.

Goalie Martin Jones made 27 saves through two-plus periods but Alex Tuch scored twice and James Neal and Erik Haula each added one as the Golden Knights earned a 5-3 win to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

Whomever the Golden Knights play, it has been a season to remember. and it's not over yet. In fact, they won in every offensive statistic in a period in which they were supposed to be clinging to a two-goal lead.

Now? He's led his team to the conference final in back-to-back seasons, and he's the leader in the clubhouse for Conn Smythe right now.


"Tonight we came out for 50 minutes and we played our best hockey and really set the tone", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters.

The Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their history.a history that is not even a season old.

It may sound ridiculous, but that was a almost ideal effort on the road in a closeout game from the Golden Knights. All three of them came from financially oppressed teams that needed to dump salary.

It should be noted that the Panthers got Smith in exchange for Jimmy Hayes and signed Marchessault to a steal of a contract, both brilliant moves that had to be undone because they couldn't afford to keep them. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 17 goals on 316 shots faced.

"Obviously you never want to be taken out of the lineup, but I don't think I was playing my best hockey for the last three weeks of the season and you have to go with the best lineup", Reaves said.

Eight down, eight to go.

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