The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Western Conference Final.
The club set up a dance with either the Winnipeg Jets or Nashville Predators thanks to a 3-0 Game Six win on Sunday night over the San Jose Sharks.
Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his fourth shutout of this year’s post-season, making 28 saves for the victory.
“It was maybe a little bit of a shock, but I’m proud of our team, our organization, the way they did things here,” Fleury said. “I’m proud to be where we are right now.”
Fleury has plenty to be proud of and so do the Golden Knights, as they’ve spun low expectations into gold for their inaugural season.
Vegas is now just the third team in NHL history to win multiple post-season series in their debut, with the Toronto Arenas accomplishing the feat in 1918 and the St. Louis Blues doing the deed in 1968. Obviously, the Golden Knights are making history all over the modern incarnation of the NHL.
“We deserve to be here,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “We’re a good team, we play hard and we played well all season long. The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams.”
Vegas knocked out the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, completing the sweep to set up a series with the Sharks. And the Californians tested the Golden Knights to a point, although Fleury was able to nab two shutouts against San Jose. He allowed just three goals against the Kings in the first round.
Jonathan Marchessault had the first goal for Vegas on Sunday, with Nate Schmidt and Cody Eakin finishing things off.
Martin Jones had 30 saves for the Sharks in the series-losing effort. San Jose has now dropped elimination games at home for three straight post-seasons.