Expansion Golden Knights top Sharks to make conference final

Golden Knights fans shout at referees after the San Jose Sharks defeated the Golden Knights in double overtime in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Golden Knights fans shout at referees after the San Jose Sharks defeated the Golden Knights in double overtime in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

The fact that Vegas has qualified for the Western Conference Final is remarkable when you consider the fact that the Golden Knights are an expansion franchise.

Timo Meier opened the scoring with a power-play goal for the Sharks, but undisciplined play in the second period helped erase that lead and put San Jose in a hole.

They've proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

The Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first post-season in league history and St. Louis won two rounds to win the all-expansion West Division 50 years ago.

"We definitely would've liked to have been a little bit more productive", Pavelski said. "We're focusing on ourselves right now".

The Sharks had numerous opportunities all night but were thwarted by a couple of shots that hit the iron, some acrobatic saves from Fleury and other chances that trickled just wide.

The Sharks applied enough pressure in the first two periods at SAP Center to give themselves a chance to extend their second round playoff series with the Golden Knights to a seventh and deciding game on Tuesday in Las Vegas. "We got caught on the wrong end of it tonight". The Sharks earned a berth in the playoffs because they went 12-6-1 after the Kane trade with the top line, which also includes Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi, combining to produce 42 points in 19 games. The Capitals lead the Penguins 3-2 and can book their spot in the Conference final on Monday. That carried over to the first round when he had three goals and an assists in a sweep against Anaheim but Kane wasn't almost as effective against Vegas as he played through injuries.

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While Marchessault's goal was the game-winner, Nate Schmidt's odd goal seemed to break San Jose's will.

For the series, the Golden Knights scored the first goal in four of six games. "I am really happy that we have another game to play in a new series that begins". Meanwhile, the Knights top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith ran wild, collecting 25 points off 61 shots.

The Golden Knights added to their tally 15:38 into the period. Play continued but was halted seconds later, when a quick video review determined the puck had crossed the goal line.

The Golden Knights then smothered the Sharks for most of the third period with Fleury getting some help again when Burns' point shot hit the post with about six minutes left.

Leave it to Peter DeBoer to deliver the most spot-on analysis of the Sharks' demise.

"Vegas deserves to be moving on". You would probably think I was insane. The Ramblers were a big deal, considering how far they got before being taken down by MI, and every win they had in the tournament got hyped more and more nationally.

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