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Golden Knights will play Sharks or Ducks in Western Second Round

Vegas advances after sweeping Kings in first playoff series

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks.

Vegas defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 in Game 4 on Tuesday to sweep that first-round series. The Golden Knights are the first NHL team to sweep a playoff series in their inaugural season and the fourth to win one.


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The Toronto Arenas (defeated Montreal Canadiens, 1918), the St. Louis Blues (defeated Philadelphia Flyers, 1968) and the Minnesota North Stars (defeated Los Angeles Kings 1968) also won a playoff series in their inaugural season.

The Golden Knights are the third team from the NHL, NBA and MLB to complete a four-game sweep to win their first playoff series, joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1970 and the Boston Braves of MLB in 1914.

Video: #ThirstForTheCup: Vegas advances to Round Two

The Sharks lead the Ducks 3-0 in their best-of-7 series with Game 4 on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; GOLF, SN1, TVAS2, NBCSCA, PRIME).

Reilly Smith led the Golden Knights with three points (all assists) in the series. Marc-Andre Fleury was 4-0 with two shutouts and a 0.65 goals-against average and .977 save percentage.

"Why would we be satisfied? I mean, we don't have the Stanley Cup," Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. "We didn't start the playoffs thinking, 'All right, if we reach the second round, we're happy about it.' Guys are really excited because we just won a series. We're excited because we're probably going to get one more day to relax the bodies. But I mean, two days from now, it's back to business."

Vegas went 3-0-1 against San Jose during the regular season. Jonathan Marchessault had six points (two goals, four assists), and Shea Theodore (two goals, three assists) and forward William Karlsson (four goals, one assist) each had five. Fleury was 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .928 save percentage, and backup Malcolm Subban made 42 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss March 22.

Video: Fleury shines again as Golden Knights sweep Kings

Sharks center Joe Pavelski (three goals, two assists) and defenseman Brent Burns (two goals, three assists) each had five points against the Golden Knights. Martin Jones was 1-2-0 with a 3.32 GAA and .899 save percentage. Backup Aaron Dell made 15 saves on 17 shots in relief in a 5-4 overtime loss Nov. 24.

The Golden Knights were 3-1-0 against the Ducks during the regular season. Erik Haula (one goal, three assists), James Neal (two goals, two assists) and Marchessault (one goal, three assists) each had four points. Subban was 2-0-0 stopping 53 of 57 shots (1.92 GAA, .930 save percentage). Fleury allowed two goals on 20 shots in a 2-0 loss Feb. 19.

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