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NHL Playoffs 2018 Golden Knights vs Sharks: The Vegas Golden Knights remain undefeated in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs after a 7-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks.


Vegas pulled off the lopsided win Thursday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights forecasted the evening storm with four goals in the first period of the Western Conference clash. Vegas is now 5-0 in the Stanley Cup playoffs during its inaugural NHL season and is the only undefeated team remaining this postseason.

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The Knights are trying to make rivals all along the West Coast. The Sharks are next on the list. The Golden Knights won the season series 3-0-1 against the Sharks, but these Sharks look faster and better than they have all season.

The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will square off in Round 2 after completing first round sweeps. While the Sharks dominated the Anaheim Ducks behind outstanding offense and a collected attitude in the face of a team that desperately wanted to get under their skin, the Golden Knights absolutely stonewalled a Kings team that seemed incapable of producing any offense against them.

Now, two of the most exciting, high-octane offenses in the West will meet for what promises to be a track meet in another West Coast showdown. To call Marc-Andre Fleury phenomenal to this point would be an understatement — he gave up just three goals in four games against the Kings — but Martin Jones has been fantastic for the Sharks as well. This series promises to be a lot more competitive than the two that led to it.

Matchup breakdown

We acknowledged coming in that these two teams are both absolutely outstanding offensively, and it still feels like the Sharks are underrated heading into the first series. The center depth of San Jose is insane, with Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture looking incredible up front and Joe Thornton looking like he may return this series. Evander Kane scored three goals in his first playoff series (including two in his first game) and notched an assist. The Golden Knights, once again, fielded a dominant first line of Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson, but the second line of James Neal, Alex Tuch and Erik Haula did a lot of the damage against the Kings with five points, while the first line had seven. This series should double as a speed-skating match, and whoever skates fastest and controls the puck between the blue lines while utilizing their third lines will get the edge.

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