Led by Nate Schmidt and hot goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights are now just one step away from the Stanley Cup Final, which pretty much nobody saw coming in this franchise's inaugural season.
"We deserve to be here", coach Gerard Gallant said. Get the app and get the game. "It was a strong game by everyone". "The enemy's got a vote, and the enemy in this series was Fleury".
James Neal scored the first goal of the game with three seconds remaining in the first period.
"I had a great view, I was right behind it, it was great, I was so happy to see it going in", Fleury said. They almost pulled a huge come-from-behind win in game five as they fought back from 4-0 down to make it a 4-3 game, before eventually losing 5-3.
Martin Jones has stopped 26.2 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for San Jose.
The San Jose Sharks have alternated wins and losses in this series so far and if they hope to stay alive an force a game-seven, then they will have to grab a big win in this one.
After looking lethargic in a 4-0 loss in Game 4 on the Sharks' home ice, the Golden Knights came out refreshed and looking more like the team that won Game 1 by a 7-0 final. They were buzzing on the forecheck, they were flying through the neutral zone, they were breaking out of their own zone easily using speed and simplicity, and when the chances came to score, they didn't miss them (even though it seemed like Schmidt did on the game's second goal).
"The other night we played okay, but it wasn't good enough to win".
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Vegas tacked on two more goals in the second period, increasing their lead to 3-0 and making it look as if another blowout was set to take place.
That is when Vegas took control of the game and refused to let go until they had fired a puck into an empty net and clinched their spot on the next round.
The move was announced on May 5 by Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. Jones denied Vegas from taking an early lead with a spectacular save late int the first period when Luca Sbisa sent a shot from the point that was deflected by the stick of Ryan Carpenter in the slot. The deflection carried out to Reilly Smith who was blocked by Tierney this time, keeping the score 1-0.
Tuch's first goal came on the power play after Hertl was called for interference at the 4:19 mark of the second, stopping Colin Miller from getting to the blue line after Joe Pavelski won an offensive zone draw.
Third Period_4, Vegas, Tuch 4 (Eakin, Lindberg), 8:36.
Jones was sharp in the first period, carrying over his play from Game 4 when he made 34 saves to post his sixth career playoff shutout. As someone who has spent most of my life in Southern New Hampshire and San Jose, Sunday was, needless to say, a dark day. But regardless of which team Vegas faces next round, they are sure to be an underdog just like they have been all season as they continue to defy the odds as an expansion team in their inaugural season in the National Hockey League.