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Las Vegas–Tonight the long awaited second round series for the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose kicked off in front of 18,444 strong at T-Mobile Arena.

After the long 9 day lay off for the Golden Knights from sweeping the Los Angeles Kings back in the opening round of the playoffs they returned the ice in front of their screaming fans at “The Fortress”.

The talk about if the rust factor would come into play for the Golden Knights after making quick work of the Kings was just one of the storylines for tonight’s contest.

For the Golden Knights, they immediately answered that question and it did not even make an appearance for Vegas as they continued right where they left of at from the previous round.

Vegas came flying out of the gate right from the outset after the puck was dropped on T-Mobile Arena ice.

For the Golden Knights it did not take long for them to get on the board against the San Jose Sharks.

At 4:31 of the first period, Cody Eakin started things off for Vegas.

On the scoring play, it was Brayden McNabb on the center point near the blueline fired a long range shot that was tipped in by Eakin who played in front of Martin Jones and beat the Sharks netminder for the early 1-0 Vegas lead.

Eakin netted his 2nd goal of the playoffs.

Not long after Eakin opened the scoring for the Golden Knights, they came right back at the Sharks and this time is was Erik Haula getting it done for Vegas.

After a speedy Alex Tuch entered San Jose’s end of the ice he over skated the puck and it was Haula who picked it up and fired a wrister that beat Jones far side to extend Vegas’s lead 2-0 over San Jose at the 4:57 of the first.

Haula recorded his 2nd of the postseason.

The Golden Knights were not done yet with their offensive scoring attack on the Sharks. With 13:58 remaining in the first period, Jonathan Marchessault was the next man up for Vegas.

With Reilly Smith coming down the left side of ice, he feed the puck over to Marchessault near the slot and with authority, ripped his shot it past Jones short side for a commanding 3-0 Golden Knights lead.

This was Marchessault’s first goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These first three goals of the game by the Golden Knights kept the crowd going at T-Mobile Arena.

It wasn’t until 11:43 into the game where the crowd of 18,444 screaming hockey fans at T-Mobile Arena saw the best goal of the game.

With a great individual effort made by Tuch after catching a pass by William Karlsson, broke thru four San Jose Sharks players with afterburner type speed and went in on Jones beating him inside the post that made it 4-0 Vegas.

Tuch’s beauty was the 2nd goal of his playoff career.

In the middle period of the contest after the Golden Knights put up 4 goals in the opening period of the game on San Jose, they went back to work and took it to the Sharks.

With a no look pass by Smith on the left side of the ice in San Jose’s end he saw defenseman Shea Theodore in the low slot as the former Anaheim Duck went backhander on Jones ending his night in net for the Sharks.

The former Duck blueliner scored his 2nd of this year’s playoffs.

After Jones was chased away from his net by Theodore, Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer swapped him out for backup goaltender Aaron Dell with 16:32 left in the middle period.

During the regular season, the Golden Knights were known to have chased starting goaltenders from their crease so this was nothing new for them.

San Jose however would catch a break for the rest of the second period as Dell in relief and kept it 5-0 Golden Knights.

With 15:28 remaining of the third period, Colin Miller would score the 6th goal of the night for Vegas.

On the scoring play, Karlsson from down low who with plenty time and space sent the puck up to Miller on the point and with the heavy shot that the Golden Knights defenseman has in his toolbox fired the one timer past Dell that made it 6-0 Vegas over San Jose.

This gave Miller his first goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As the scoring marathon for the Golden Knights continued on the Sharks, James Neal scored the final goal for the night.

Earlier in the sequence it was David Perron connected with Neal who played the puck below the icing line and with a power move on Dell beat him past his right pad for 7-0 Golden Knights lead on San Jose.

Neal connected for his 2nd goal of this year’s playoffs.

At the end of the night, Fleury recorded his 3rd shutout of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and second in a row with 33 saves. This would also be his 13th lifetime in the NHL’s second season.

Tonight, Fleury made NHL history with his stellar performance in net for the Golden Knights as he became the first goalie to record three shutouts through his team’s first five games of a playoff year since 2004.

The last two goaltenders to accomplish this feat was Nikolai Khabibulin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ed Belfour from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With his 13th playoff shutout of his career, Fleury moved into ninth place lifetime tied with Turk Broda.

Post Game Reaction From Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant

“We played a full 60 minutes, and that’s what you want from your team in the playoffs.” Gallant said to members of the local media after the 7-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (3rd shutout of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs)

Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (1 goal and 2 assists)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (3 assists)

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