National Hockey League playoffs scores: Golden Knights advance to West final after beating Sharks

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San Jose and Vegas have played five games, with the Knights holding a 3-2 series lead. Brent Burns later hit the post on a shot from the point with just over six minutes to go in the third period. When they needed goals, they got them.

The Golden Knights now await the victor of Nashville and Winnipeg, who will battle it out for at least one more game while Vegas gets even more rest.

You aren't going to find many better shutdown defensive players than Vlasic, and that pairing with Braun has been effective for years now.

"The bottom line for me is we were just chasing the game every game in the series other than the 4-0 win at home [in Game 4]", DeBoer said.

The Sharks came out fast with Hertl drawing an early penalty and the team generating numerous chances.

"You've got to win the game and you're down, so you're just pushing", Burns said when asked what he saw in the third period.

"Happy. Happy", Fleury said of his reaction to closing out the Sharks.

The Sharks bite was not enough to pierce the strong armor of the Golden Knights. But his attempt from in close went off the cross-bar and wound up behind the net.

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"Puck was rolling a ton", Couture said. If I had taken a step to my left, maybe I could have one-timed it. There's more traffic going to the front of the net and it's tough for the goalie to see. But Hertl's pass rolled helplessly off of Couture's stick, and Vegas dodged a first-period bullet.

There were times during the series when the Sharks controlled the neutral zone and prevented the Golden Knights from entering their offensive zone at high speed.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Shortly after the San Jose Sharks were denied by the iron for the fourth time of the night, Marc-Andre Fleury rubbed the goal post to thank it for his good fortune. Joonas Donskoi collected the puck and backhanded it through the crease, but Vegas picked it up.

Game 6, leading the tough San Jose Sharks three games to two is the ideal time to shut out your opponent.

Oscar Lindberg, Luca Sbisa and Ryan Reaves hadn't played a minute in the postseason until the last two games against the Sharks. The Golden Knights have been well ahead of that trend all season, though, and they continued that with this series win. They played great. They finished the chances when they needed to. This is one of the hidden benefits of not having any real upsets in the first round - you see more compelling action further down the road.

Then at the 15:38 mark Nate Schmidt gave his team a two-goal lead with this rocket of a shot which was reviewed and determined it was a good goal.

"It might have made a difference". They were buzzing on the forecheck, they were flying through the neutral zone, they were breaking out of their own zone easily using speed and simplicity, and when the chances came to score, they didn't miss them (even though it seemed like Schmidt did on the game's second goal). He was stripped of the puck by Reilly Smith, who fed a pass in front to an open Marchessault.

Vegas then had a delayed celebration for the goal that made it 2-0. The shot hit the goal post and then quickly caromed off the camera inside middle of the net and bounced out, and play initially continued until the siren sounded on the ice after the NHL Situation Room in Toronto, in coordination with the video goal judge, was able to determine that a goal had been scored through the use of a replay.