Vegas Golden Knights blank San Jose Sharks
April 27, 2018 9:08 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
VEGAS BLANKS SAN JOSE
Marc-Andre Fleury posted his third playoff shutout in the current playoff run of the Vegas Golden Knights, whipping visiting San Jose, 7-0, in the first game of the Pacific Division Final at T-Mobile Arena.
Fleury rejected all 33 shots by the Sharks, grabbing a 1-0 series lead, boosting Vegas to a 5-0 postseason record. In allowing just three goals in more than 335 minutes on the ice, Fleury's GAA currently stands at 0.54.
It was the 67th playoff win of Fleury's NHL career, moving him within one of Andy Moog for 10th all-time. It was his 13th playoff shutout of his NHL career, tying Turk Broda for ninth all-time.
Fleury also became the first goaltender since 2004 to have three shutouts in his team's first five playoff games, joining Nikolai Khabibulin (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Ed Belfour (Toronto Maple Leafs). His save percentage currently stands at .982, which would also be record should it stand.
The Golden Knights offense exploded with four first-period goals, showing no signs of rust following a 9-day layoff -- Vegas last played April 17; the Sharks were off since April 18 in sweeping Anaheim -- after sweeping Los Angeles in the first round.
Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, Shea Theodore, Colin Miller and James Neal scored for the Golden Knights. William Karlsson, Smith and Marchessault each had three points.
Game 2 is slated for Saturday at 5 p.m. PT (NBC and CBC's Hockey Night in Canada).