Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

National Hockey League releases Golden Knights Western Conference Finals schedule

National Hockey League releases Golden Knights Western Conference Finals schedule

In 2016, the Sharks got over a major hump and made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history before losing in six games to a more talented Pittsburgh team. Updates with new lead. Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring, Nate Schmidt added an insurance goal that was only detectable by replay and Cody Eakin sealed it with an empty-netter.

He stopped 200 of San Jose's 214 shots (.935 save percentage) and pitched shutouts in the series opener and closer. To be fair, the Golden Knights only created two takeaways in last night's closeout game, but that was likely a result of Vegas playing conservatively with a lead while their opponent chased.

Golden Knights fans celebrate a goal by Alex Tuch, not pictured, during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, May 4, 2018.

"We're having a lot of fun in this room", Schmidt said.

It will take time for San Jose to discard disappointment and accept its accomplishments. After hitting the cross-bar on a first period breakaway, what else did he and his Sharks' teammates need to do in Game 6 to catch a break and get a puck past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury?

Brenden Dillon held David Perron to give Vegas a power play less than a minute after Meier's one-timer off a flawless cross-ice pass from Chris Tierney gave the Sharks the lead.

The start of Game 1 of the Western Conference Final between the Golden Knights and the victor of Thursday's Game 7 against the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. pst.

The rest of the schedule in the seven-game series are "if necessary" games.

"For periods of this series I thought we were a better team, I thought we played the game that we know we're capable of, we showed we could beat them", forward Logan Couture said. And Reaves, who skates well enough and plays well enough not to be a awful liability, will fill that bill. "The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams".

The Golden Knights join the Toronto Arenas (1918) and the St Louis Blues (1968) as the only teams to make the finals either as an expansion team or after a merger. This marked the fourth straight postseason for the Sharks that ended with a loss on home ice. He practiced all post-season and even took part in all the pregame skates but never felt quite healthy enough to get back into the lineup. William Karlsson almost connected on a shorthanded opportunity when the Sharks were receiving some power play opportunities during the first period, while Jonathan Marchessault's opening goal ended up standing as the game-winner. With 6:14 remaining, the Sharks had a chance to cut the Golden Knights lead to 2-1 but Brent Burns shot hit off the goalpost again and bounced out. He's earned the right to play more in the next round. Fleury recovered quickly after Pavelski's shot, slid acorss the net, and denied Vlasic's shot from the left side as the Sharks season was on life support.

"Obviously I enjoy winning and coming here was a great opportunity for me to do that", Kane said.

Despite holding a 2-0 lead, the Golden Knights continued to apply heavy pressure to the Sharks, holding a 16-10 edge in shots on goal for the period.

Leave it to Peter DeBoer to deliver the most spot-on analysis of the Sharks' demise. "I think we had a couple of those that didn't go in".

"Vegas deserves to be moving on". "They finished their chances and got the saves when they needed to".

NOTES: Jones made 30 saves.

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