NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights Rout Sharks, Take 1-0 Series Lead

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The Vegas Golden Knights picked up right where they left off in round one, cruising to a 7-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The goal scoring spree started early when Cody Eakin scored his second goal of the playoffs 4:31 into the first period, and more goals followed.

Erik Haula gave Vegas a two-goal advantage just 26 seconds later, and Jonathan Marchessault gave the Knights a 3-0 lead just one minute, five seconds later.

Alex Tuch added a fourth goal to the lead for Vegas at the 8:17 mark of the first period on a power play following a San Jose penalty.

Shea Theodore joined in on the fun, scoring the Golden Knights lone goal of the second period at the 16:32 mark, making the score 5-0 Vegas.

The Golden Knights added a pair of third period goals, the first by Colin Miller followed by a James Neal tally, giving Vegas a 7-0 lead. The seven goals in Game 1 matched the amount the Golden Knights scored in its entire first round series.

Marc Andre-Fleury registered 33 saves in net for Vegas while recording his third shutout of the postseason.

William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each recorded three assists in the win, and each goal scored by the Golden Knights came off the stick of a different player.

The series continues in Las Vegas on Saturday, with puck drop scheduled for 6 p.m. MT. The game can be viewed on NBC.

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NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights make history, advance to semifinals

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