National Hockey League playoffs 2018: Golden Knights extend remarkable expansion season into conference finals


A year ago at this time, the Vegas Golden Knights had no players and had not played a game.

After Wednesday's dominant win in Game 4, several Sharks spoke about how they felt they were getting better with each passing game of their second-round series with the Golden Knights.

Naturally, there is a troll job willing to be had somewhere in that setup and it appears that somebody found it.

Vegas swept the Kings in the first round, while the Sharks pushed the NHL's newest expansion team to six games before bowing out.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones has been up-and-down this series and I'm not sure I can trust him as much as Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in this spot. During the regular season, he was 30-28 with a 2.55 GAA and a.915 save percentage overall, including 19-12 with a 2.39 GAA and a.915 save percentage here at home, plus he was 1-2 with a 3.32 GAA and a.899 against the Golden Knights. "It was tough to get goals and obviously we didn't get any tonight". The over is 8-1-3 in the last 12 San Jose conference semifinals games. We just couldn't get that lead and play with the lead.

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The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period.

Jones may still be trying to figure out how Haula scored, as he threw the puck at the net from the goal line and it somehow slipped through to make it 3-0 midway through the second.

"They came out hard and when you're kind of feeding them that transition game, they'll show you what they can do with it", San Jose center Joe Pavelski said". Despite logging more than 39 minutes and 10 shots combined in Games 4 and 5, Karlsson failed to register a point. We knew we had to get in there and create a little bit more.

Vegas came away with the victory Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Ryan Carpenter gave the surprising Golden Knights an outstanding fourth line in their series-clinching win.