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Golden Knights continue to make history during playoff run

Expansion team earns more accolades with berth in Western Conference Final

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The Vegas Golden Knights' historic first season will continue after they advanced to the Western Conference Final by defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Game 6 of their second-round series on Sunday.

The Golden Knights are the third team in NHL history to win multiple playoff series in their inaugural season, joining the Toronto Arenas in 1918 and the St. Louis Blues in 1968. They're the fifth to do it in their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, joining the 1926 Montreal Maroons (second season), 1927 Boston Bruins (third season), 1975 New York Islanders (third season), 1996 Florida Panthers (third season) and 2003 Minnesota Wild (third season).

 

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Vegas is 8-2 during its historic run, the best record through a team's first 10 postseason games in League history. Two other teams have needed fewer than 14 games to win eight playoff games. The Panthers won their first two series in 11 games en route to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996. The Buffalo Sabres won eight of their first 13 playoff games from 1973-75.

The backbone of the Golden Knights throughout the playoffs has been goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 8-2 with a 1.53 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and four shutouts. Fleury had 28 saves in Game 6, and has three straight shutouts in series-clinching game, including a 1-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the first round and a 2-0 win for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Second Round.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm6: Fleury makes 28 saves in Game 6 shutout

Fleury has four series-clinching shutouts in his NHL career, one behind Chris Osgood for most in League history. He is the first goalie with four shutouts in one postseason since Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks) and Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins) in 2011.

The Golden Knights' offense has been powered by their top line of Jonathan Marchessault with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), William Karlsson with 10 points (four goals, six assists) and Reilly Smith with 11 points (one goal, 10 assists). Vegas is the third team in League history to have three players with at least 10 points through the first 10 games of its first playoff season, joining the 1975 Islanders (Jude Drouin, J.P. Parise, Ed Westfall) and 1997 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (Paul Kariya, Dmitri Mironov, Teemu Selanne).

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