"I thought it was a great series", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. That's hockey. But Vegas deserves to be moving on. 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.
They were able to draft smart and build a team with good chemistry. Not only is this a nice setup for years to come, but the 2017-2018 season for the Knights already has put them on top of the all-time expansion team list in terms of first-year success.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said after Sunday's loss that he believes the team is to blame for the dip in Jones' second-round struggles. He took the place of Ryan Carpenter.
If necessary, Game 5 will be on the road for the Golden Knights at noon on May 20.
They came out flat in the opener against Vegas and lost 7-0 and then dropped a key overtime contest at home in Game 3, playing much of the series from behind. They scored the second-most goals (272) in the conference behind the Winnipeg Jets. Midseason acquisitions Evander Kane and Eric Fehr had San Jose surging following a first-round sweep against Anaheim. "There was a confidence about them".
After getting his first taste of professional hockey with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, Nick Suzuki has been recalled by the National Hockey League's Vegas Golden Knights. The only game they didn't get a goal in was a shutout. We are battling. We have a chance every night.
San Jose also ran smack into a hot goalie.
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The North Vancouver, B.C. native is set to enter the first season of the six-year, $34.5 million contract extension he signed with the Sharks last July in October.
Vegas advanced to the finals with a 4-2 series win against San Jose in the second round. He practiced all post-season and even took part in all the pregame skates but never felt quite healthy enough to get back into the lineup. He slipped to a 3.13 GAA and.895 save percentage and twice was replaced in goal.
Games 1 and 5 will be televised on NBC while all other games are now scheduled for NBCSN. "He had a couple of great games for us".
Vegas almost added to the lead when Smith had a shot at open net that San Jose forward Chris Tierney blocked from the crease. Karlsson, Marchessault, and Reilly Smith were dominant during plenty of stretches of this series.
"They make a lot of plays", Tierney said.
A major reason why his numbers declined so significantly in the series is that the Knights generated a plethora of quality-scoring chances with their speed.
Suzuki was Owen Sound's leading scorer in the regular season notching 100 points for the first time in his major junior career with 42 goals and 59 assists.