The Vegas Golden Knights just keep on winning! Not only did we just come off a four game sweep against the Kings in round one, we came into game two like a bat out of hell and absolutely dominated the San Jose Sharks 7-0! For those who want to reminisce, let’s take a quick look at what happened.
With both teams coming off a 4 game sweep in round one, its safe to say that there was a lot of confidence in the locker room as game one of the second round was about to start. Little did San Jose know, that confidence was about to diminish in under 15 minutes. In just under five minutes of the first period, Brayden McNabb sent a rocket just wide of the net that Cody Eakin re-directed off his stick and found the back of the net. With the Golden Knights up 1-0, Alex Tuch and Erik Haula wanted to have a little fun. Just 30 seconds after goal one, Tuch finds some room between two defenders and sends a beautiful back pass to Haula who one times it directly to the back of the net giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. It didn’t end there, just one minute later James Neal sends one across the ice to Jonathan Marchessault who sends a laser between the cross bars giving the Golden Knights a 3-0 lead. After another 6 minutes of the San Jose Sharks trying to figure out what just happened, Alex Tuch gets dished the puck from William Karlsson and gets a nasty breakaway and wrist shots his way to 4-0 lead. With T-Mobile on its feet and the energy in the arena almost overwhelming, the clock hits zero and the Golden Knights head to the locker room.
So how do you think this second period started? That’s right, with another Golden Knights goal. In just over 4 minutes, Riley Smith sends a pass to Shea Theodore in front of the net that gets back handed top shelf and gives the Knights a dominating 5-0 lead. At this points the San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer has had enough and does a quick goalie change hoping to catch a break from the non stop scoring by the Golden Knights. This did help the Sharks get a little relief in the second, as the Golden Knights were unable to score for most of the period. Things changed with just 47 seconds left when James Neal forechecks a flying puck in front net that finds the back of the net. The referee’s had a little sympathy for the Sharks as the massacre continued and called back the goal with just seconds left. After a quick face off, the clock hits zero and the teams head back to their respected locker rooms.
Take a guess on how this period started… you guessed it! Another Golden Knights goal in under 5 minutes. William “Wild Bill” Karlsson fires a quick pass to Colin Miller who sends an absolute blast toward the goal and finds the back of the net. Just 3 minutes later, James Neal from the side of the net sweeps one around and drills the net giving the Knights a 7-0 lead. The game went on with the San Jose Sharks second guessing their playing ability and frustration started to set in. With 3:25 left in the final period, Evander Kane sends a unwarranted cross check to the face of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare which not only gets him ejected from the game, but lands him a one game suspension for lack of sportsmanship. The Golden Knights continue to hold their lead and when the clock hits zero, the Golden Knights celebrate their game one shut out over the San Jose Sharks.
With game one in the history books, we look forward to game two which airs tonight at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Get your Knights gear on and your voices ready! Let’s make the city of San Jose hear our chants of “GO KNIGHTS GO” all the way from Las Vegas!