Golden Knights quest for Stanley Cup resumes against Sharks

Casey Dawson
April 29, 2018

The San Jose Sharks are looking to Game 2 after their 7-0 loss in the playoff series opener against Vegas.

San Jose's skaters have been penalized only 3.3 times per game this season, and 5.6 per game over their last five road outings. The Vegas goalie has three shutouts in five games, stopping 160 fo 163 shots.

Game 2 in the best-of-7 series at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The Sharks also won Round 1 in a sweep when they dominated the Anaheim Ducks.

In any case, it's getting increasingly hard to look at the Golden Knights and think that they're not the real deal, even in their inaugural season.

It was a truly terrible start to the second round for the Sharks and their goaltender, Martin Jones, who was pulled after the fifth goal.

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Despite opening the second period with a great back-to-back save effort, Jones gave up his fifth goal of the game when Reilly Smith broke through two San Jose defenders and found Shea Theodore who lifted the puck past Jones. Jones had an outstanding first round, finishing with a save percentage of.970. "I'm glad we're not playing a team that just finished up a series and had two or three days off".

At the start of the season, they had the longest odds to win it all, but they shocked the world in the regular season by making expansion team history on multiple occasions and winning the Pacific division.

The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last four games following a win.

The Sharks can't blame their sluggishness on the eight-day layoff in between rounds - not when the Golden Knights had an extra day off. Reason dictates that San Jose will still make this a competitive series. Only one game was decided by more than one goal, though that Golden Knights two-goal victory came by way of an empty net marker. The Sharks were written off at the beginning of the season and even more so once Joe Thornton went down with an injury but they could very well get the veteran forward back for this series as San Jose tries frantically to exorcize their playoff demons and finally claim the ever elusive Stanley Cup. Martin Jones has carried his regular season success into the playoffs and looks like a formidable netminder. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it's successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

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