Vegas Golden Knights beat Sharks 3-0 in Game 6

Vegas Golden Knights beat Sharks 3-0 in Game 6

The Sharks scored a total of 14 goals in six games. That's 59 wins in 92 games. Post after the post, the Sharks appeared to be knocking at the door to put one past Marc-Andre Fleury finally, but to no avail.

The Lightning will take on either Pittsburgh or Washington in the conference final.

Monday, a day after the Sharks exited the Stanley Cup playoffs and a day before they were scheduled to clean out lockers, all that's left is to dissect what went wrong against a first-year team of improbable destiny.

In the end, though, Vegas was better in nearly every way. In a series where two goaltenders were on top of their games, Fleury edged out Jones, posting two shutouts in the series. However, the stat of the postseason may have happened last night in the series-clinching Game 6. "We just couldn't get the lead and play with the lead". These guys don't stop skating, don't stop hounding the puck, and go into the corners as determined as possible to win the puck battle. Think back, can you even remember the one? Cody Eakin of Winnipeg, Manitoba also scored for Vegas. Evander Kane had one point, Joe Pavelski had three points and Joonas Donskoi had one point. We'll have to take a look at it, figure it out. I wish them the best of luck. The fourth line had a goal and two points. That's slightly more than Hertl's 32 goals and 68 points across 128 games, but it's in the same wheelhouse. They'll await either the Predators or Jets. But more on them later.

That was the type of bounce the Sharks didn't get early in the game when they hit the post or crossbar three times in the opening period and then again in the third when they tried to cut into Vegas' lead. We had some looks, we had some chances, we didn't capitalize when we did. There's no ifs, ands or buts; we've got to do that. "We just weren't good enough". Here are 3 things we learned from this series.

For the series, Fleury had a.934 save percentage and a 2.14 goals against average. This after being lights out in Round 1 (4-0, 0.65 GAA and.977 save percentage). While Fleury gave up more goals in this series than he did in the four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings, he was still incredible. I have been saying for a while that if the Rangers had 18 skaters who played like Jesper Fast, they'd be in a much better position as a franchise. It should be an interesting conference final regardless of who they play. "It's a two-way street, though". "When you're chasing the game against anybody when you get to the final eight, (it's tough)".

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SAN JOSE Tomas Hertl's facial expression said it all.

"Part of it was that first game", Pavelski said of the 7-0 loss in Game 1. "He had a couple of great games for us".

The Sharks top line was quiet. Reilly Smith took control near the blue line and found Marchessault alone in front for a goal that trickled between Martin Jones' pads. The shot was reviewed before Vegas was awarded the score. Vlasic and Justin Braun got tasked to play against the first lines when the playoffs opened. "Those guys have been waiting and preparing, and they have done an unbelievable job". "We fed their transition, and they're a risky team when you give them that". Amazingly, the Golden Knights gave away the puck only once in Game 6. Vegas rode the hot start to a 51 win season, 109 points, and the division title. "They're a unsafe team when you give them that". "Just got on my stick and rolled off".

"Once they drafted their team, I was disappointed".

And the offseason used for rest, rehab, roster decisions and contemplation begins.

"My husband and I came out a few weeks ago", said Kallos. "I want competitive guys in there playing". A large chunk of the Knights goals came off the rush and cross-ice passes, going into the top corners. He has never played a full 82-game NHL campaign and has missed more than a dozen games in five of his nine big league campaigns. We have some work to do for next year. But after significant knee injuries the past two seasons, there are questions about whether he will be able to keep up in the faster paced game.