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Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Martin Jones

Weaknesses for goalies hard to detect in Golden Knights vs. Sharks series

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each goaltender, the final 100 goals allowed for each goaltender in the regular season and each goal allowed in the playoffs were charted, with the help of Apex Video Analysis and Save Review System from Upper Hand Inc., to see what patterns emerge.

Vegas Golden Knights No. 1 Marc-Andre Fleury and his San Jose Sharks counterpart, Martin Jones, posted equally impressive statistics while sweeping through the Western Conference First Round, but they achieved those results with very different puck-stopping styles.

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Round 2

Golden Knights vs. Sharks playoff preview

Goaltending duel between Fleury, Jones highlights second-round series

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

Golden Knights: 51-24-7, 109 points, first in Pacific

Sharks: 45-27-10, 100 points, third in Pacific

Season series: VGK 3-0-1; SJS 1-2-1

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playoffs

Hertl healthy, contributing for Sharks in playoffs

Forward scored three goals in first-round sweep of Ducks after multiple knee injuries

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE --Tomas Hertl was in his third game as a rookie with the San Jose Sharks four seasons ago when he scored four goals in a 9-2 victory against the New York Rangers at SAP Center, capped by a between-the-legs, backhand goal.

Hertl, a forward, had seven goals in his first five games and 15 in his first 32. His NHL trajectory was pointed straight up until a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown on Dec. 9, 2013, knocked him off course.

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Sharks healthy, rested heading into second round against Golden Knights

Burns, Karlsson will be ready for series opener after long layoff

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Defenseman Brent Burns practiced Monday for the San Jose Sharks and is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Burns practiced for the first time since Sharks completed a sweep of the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday. He missed the final 10 minutes of Game 3 with an undisclosed injury, and had maintenance days Friday and Sunday. The Sharks were off Thursday and Sunday.

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Behind The Numbers

Five key matchups for Golden Knights vs. Sharks in second round

Vlasic's ability to neutralize Karlsson among storylines, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will play in the Western Conference Second Round. They are each coming off a four-game sweep, of the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

Here are five key matchups that could decide the best-of-7 series:

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injury

Thornton ruled out by Sharks for Game 1 against Golden Knights

Coach says center's return from knee injury not on radar

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Joe Thornton won't play Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thornton, who has been practicing since March 23, skated on the fifth line again Sunday, but coach Peter DeBoer said the 38-year-old center's return is not on his radar.

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playoffs

Sharks not surprised by Fleury's success with Golden Knights

Former Penguins teammates Fehr, Martin saw goalie's ability up close

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The success Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury experienced in the regular season has carried over into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is hardly a surprise to the San Jose Sharks.

Sharks forward Logan Couture said Friday he watched a few minutes of the Golden Knights' sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference First Round and it was more than enough time for Couture to realize that Fleury is on a roll.

"Each time I turned the TV on, it seemed like he was making a big save," Couture said Friday. "He's playing at the top of his game. He's playing very, very well."

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Round 2

Sharks to stick with same lineup in second round against Golden Knights

Coach says he'd be 'idiot' to make changes from group that swept Ducks

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will likely use the same lineup against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Second Round that swept the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.

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Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Golden Knights continue fairy-tale season

NHL Network analyst Weekes also discusses Sharks, Capitals-Blue Jackets series, Subban

by Kevin Weekes @kevinweekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will bring you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, or trends that have caught his eye.

 

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Sharks keyed by four-line balance, discipline in sweep of Ducks

Play of trade acquisitions Kane and Fehr, strong defensive effort helped San Jose advance to second round

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks didn't need home-ice advantage in the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Sharks won the first two games of the series on the road at Honda Center, then finished a four-game sweep with a 2-1 win in Game 4 at SAP Center on Wednesday. It's the second time San Jose has swept a Stanley Cup Playoff series, following a four-game win against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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