Vegas jumps all over Sharks with four first period goals, wins in rout
The Vegas Golden Knights magic does not appear to be running out.
After stunning the hockey world by winning the Pacific Division in their inaugural season, Vegas easily dispatched the Los Angeles Kings in the first-round with a clean four-game sweep, setting the stage for a second-round matchup with the San Jose Sharks.
That second-round matchup opened on Thursday night and Vegas continued to do what it has done all season -- jump all over teams early and with no mercy and never slow down.
The Golden Knights opened the game with four consecutive goals in the first period on their way to a 7-0 win in Game 1.
They received goals from seven different players while 11 different players recorded at least one point. Seven of those players had at least two points in the win.
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Alex Tuch’s goal to close out the first period scoring was especially beautiful as he effortlessly cut through four Sharks defenders
Just in case you have forgotten, the Golden Knights ended up getting Tuch because the Minnesota Wild gave him to them to convince them to take Haula in the expansion draft, and they were able to get Marchessault from the Florida Panthers for taking on Reilly Smith’s contract. A lot of general managers around the NHL made bad decisions to help build this team.
Sharks goalie Martin Jones was pulled after giving up the fifth goal early in the second period. He was replaced by Aaron Dell who went on to give up a pair of power play goals in the third period after Evander Kane was given a five-minute major penalty -- and ejected -- for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the head.
Along with the offensive outburst, Marc-Andre Fleury also recorded his third shutout of the playoffs. Vegas has only played five games.