Fleury made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the Golden Knights have made it to the NHL's final four in their inaugural season after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Game 6 of their second-round series Sunday. 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. "I feel like the onus is on us as a team to make sure there we're complete with our game, and again, because of the opponent, it has to be that way". "It was a strong game by everyone".
Kevin Labanc, Tomas Hertl and Mikkel Boedker all scored in the third period, with Hertl's goal at the 11:44 mark of the third cutting Vegas' lead to 4-2.
Perron scored one goal and assisted on another, and Lindberg had a hand on Alex Tuch's goal that pumped the Vegas advantage to 4-0. However, Marchessault's empty-netter with 21 seconds left sealed it for Vegas.
"Maybe a better way to put it is you're making a big play at the right time", Cooper added.
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, May 4, 2018, in Boston. "So instead of staying patient, they peddled him off to Vegas and then arranged for the Golden Knights to take Marchessault, who was on a team-friendly deal, but would have fallen out of the Panthers" salary structure given his production.
"I'd be the first one to tell you we've accomplished nothing", Cooper said. "Throughout the series, just didn't get enough from all 20 that dressed". They almost pulled a huge come-from-behind win in game five as they fought back from 4-0 down to make it a 4-3 game, before eventually losing 5-3. As was the case for most of the matchups between the two clubs this season, Vegas was the better team over the final 20 minutes, and held San Jose to just seven, five-on-five shots as its season wound down. Aaron Dell came on and stopped all six shots he faced.
The Sharks also went 0-for-2 with the man advantage in the first period, with Fleury stopping all four of San Jose's power play shots.
And as the Vegas Golden Knights are also showing, the winning formula can vary from game to game and series to series.
In both games, the Sharks fed the Knights' transition offense by playing sloppy through the neutral zone, fueling the home crowd's energy and ultimately putting themselves in a near-insurmountable hole. He's leading the Sharks by pushing his weight around down low, scoring clutch goals and showing more fire than we've ever seen from him. In five of the six games, they picked up at least one goal. That scale is tilted heavily in the Golden Knights' favor.
Late in the frame, Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt fired a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back into the play off of the goal line camera.
Third Period_4, Vegas, Tuch 4 (Eakin, Lindberg), 8:36.
Another year, another brutal turn of events for the Sharks in the postseason health department come playoff time.