Vegas blanks toothless Sharks in Game 1 of second-round series

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It's not all that hard to break down Game 1 of the Sharks-Golden Knights second-round series at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.

That wasn't supposed to work against the Sharks, which used a similar approach to suffocate the Ducks in a first-round sweep even more lopsided than the Golden Knights' dispatching of the Kings.

More than 2,000 tickets remained on the market as of that point with the lowest price sitting in the $170 range. Those two teams? The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks.

StubHub statistics show 52 percent of the tickets sold through the service went to Nevadans, with just 16 percent going to Californians. From the opening puck drop, Vegas skated fast, its passes were crisp, and the players were in synch with one another. Fleury made 17 saves in the first period alone, including 10 on the penalty kill, while his teammates were scoring at the other end.

They also recommend not buying tickets on the street, because they are not refundable and cannot be guaranteed.

The Sharks take on the expansion Golden Knights having lost the regular-season series 0-3-1 to Las Vegas, which swept the Los Angeles Kings in a four-game first-round sweep. 8 News NOW is providing full team coverage in the Western Conference semifinals best of seven series.

A win on Saturday and San Jose still goes home with a split and home-ice advantage.

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About five minutes later, Alex Tuch added a power-play goal to make it 4-0. Martin Jones has carried his regular season success into the playoffs and looks like a formidable netminder.

Meanwhile, the Sharks offense was completely frustrated.

If Bellemare is unable to play, the Golden Knights have a variety of options to fill his place.

San Jose has converted on 21.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that's right around league average. Fleury's hot goaltending will, indeed, be the deciding factor in this series.

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Marc-Andre Fleury has been a revelation between the pipes this season for the Golden Knights and he turned in yet another spectacular effort in Game 1 by posting 33 saves in the shutout. Only one game was decided by more than one goal, though that Golden Knights two-goal victory came by way of an empty net marker.