That is right, a first-year team, the Vegas Golden Knights sweep the LA Kings in their first ever playoff series.
First of all, Vegas’s pre-game entertainment is nothing the hockey world has ever seen, and it blew my mind.
Secondly, they dominated the Kings, the only reason each game was decided by one goal was because of the performance by LA’s goaltender, Johnathon Quick. Quick had a .947 SV% and GAA of 1.55, a great performance, but his team just could not help him out by scoring enough goals.
Golden Knights had a huge showing from Marc-Andre Fleury, earning two shutouts throughout the series. Fleury had a .977 SV% and GAA of 0.65, one of his best playoff series numbers he has had throughout his career.
Seven players tallied a goal in the series, and Reilly Smith comes out of the series with the most points with three.
Players to continue to watch for a big performance is Reilly Smith, William Karlsson, and James Neal. These three have combined for five points in four games, with a +3 rating.
Vegas now shifts their focus on the San Jose Sharks, which we will likely see another low scoring, high defensive series.
The Sharks and Golden Knights met up four times and Vegas took three wins, however they were mostly close games. San Jose also swept their series against the Anaheim Ducks.