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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Sharks looked awfully slow and lost at times in the 7-0 rout at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights in their second-round series opener. They play the first of a best-of-seven game series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, with the victor set to progress to the conference finals.

Jones had allowed four goals in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, and it took less than half a period for that total to be matched by the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights' team defense and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will need to be the backbone while competing against a much more risky opponent.

The Sharks had seven days between games since they knocked out the Ducks on April 18 in a four-game sweep. On Thursday night, they met one another for the first game of their second-round series.

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Vegas will have to be awfully wary of the Sharks' prowess with the man advantage, too, as it operated at a 30-percent clip in the first round. And Evander Kane has something to see.

The Sharks had chances before the first period ended to at least dent the Golden Knights' lead. He allowed three goals throughout the entire four-game battle, and coming off of the best regular season of his career, there's no reason to expect anything less than stellar play from Fleury. From the opening puck drop, Vegas skated fast, its passes were crisp, and the players were in synch with one another.

Fleury famously won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but none of those teams at any point in the playoffs prevailed in five straight games.

Here in Round Two, they face a deeper and more-experienced Sharks team.

The Sharks are 9-2 in their last five games when their opponent scores five or more goals in their previous game. A group of determined players looking to make names for themselves, or statements to their former teams who let them go in the expansion draft came together to become one of the top teams in the league. Their penalty kill has gone from 82.7 percent in the regular season to 94.4 percent in the playoffs. Sure, Thornton is inching close to 39, but he's still a supremely skilled playmaker who can give San Jose a shot in the arm at even strength and on the power play.


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