By: Jack Fenty
After beating the LA Kings last night, 1-0, the Vegas Golden Knight sweep the series, 4-0…
Unbelievable. That's the only word that comes to mind when looking back at this series. Vegas surprised all in the regular season, finishing on top of the Pacific Division in the team’s first season of existence. Not only did they dominate the regular season, they just dominated the LA Kings - sweeping the Kings in four games. You must understand how rare series sweeps are… Between 1939 and 2017 in first round series, there have only been 30 series that ended with a sweep. The Vegas Golden Knights are on the right side of that history. I personally thought Vegas was going to finish as a lottery team. I was wrong. I also thought Vegas was going to lose in 7 games to the Kings. Again, I was very wrong. The reasons I thought the Kings were going to win were their size, grit, experience, and most importantly, defense. Watching the games, the Kings were very physical and played great defensively. But, it wasn’t enough, as the Knights defense played even better and generated just enough offense to win the games.
Game 1: 1-0 Vegas
Game 2: 2-1 Vegas
Game 3: 3-2 Vegas
Game 4: 1-0 Vegas
Another huge factor in this series was the play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The three-time Stanley Cup Champion faced 130 shots in the series and stopped 127 of them. Fleury’s goals against so far these playoffs is 0.65 and his save percentage is .977 and 2 shutouts. These numbers are just incredible.
The Sharks are up 3 games to 0 on the Anaheim Ducks. If the Sharks win tonight, they will face the Knights in the second round. This sets up to be an awesome series as the Sharks have much more offensive talent than the Kings, so the Knights will be in for test. The Knights also should be the favorites in this series and it doesn’t seem like they phased by anyone, playing with great confidence which is key this time of the year.
Every single team in the NHL has been in existence longer than the Vegas Golden Knights. A lot of these teams have not won a playoff series in many years or have only won one. In their first year of existence the Knights are moving on to the second round after sweeping their opponent. This should be a wake-up call to the teams that have not won a playoff round in a while. SAD!
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