NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights make history, advance to semifinals

Las Vegas Golden Knights

As if the Vegas Golden Knights haven’t made enough history already, they continued their assault on the record books on Tuesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 to complete a four-game sweep and move on to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With the win, Vegas became the first NHL team to sweep a playoff series in its inaugural season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the Knights, while Brayden McNabb scored the lone goal of the game at the 4:04 mark of the second period. It was a bit of revenge for McNabb, who played for the Kings from 2014-17 before being selected by the Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Fleury recorded a 0.65 goals-against average and .977 save percentage in the series.

Add that to the many records and firsts Vegas has already achieved, highlighted by the most wins by an expansion club (51), blowing by the former record set by the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and 1993-94 Anaheim Ducks (33).

The Golden Knights became the first team to qualify for the playoffs in their inaugural campaign, recorded the most points by an expansion team (109), and won the Pacific Division title.

No one would’ve thought that a team that hoped to be competitive during their first campaign would be marching on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What’s even more remarkable is that during the series clinching Game 4 victory, every player on the ice was either selected or acquired at the expansion draft.

It’s been quite a story book season for Vegas, and they will now wait for their next opponent, either the San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks on their journey towards what could be the biggest upset in American sports history, a Stanley Cup title.

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