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Anyone who has been anywhere in the Vegas valley over the past four months or so is well aware of the buzz this city has for the Golden Knights, but finally, there are numbers to back up how in love Las Vegas is for its hockey team. In the 19 games San Jose played after the deadline, the Sharks had the second-highest rate of goals per 60 minutes of play. Tuch has four points in five postseason outings this year.

The Sharks gave up a Cody Eakin goal 4:31 into the first period and one to Erik Haula just 26 seconds later as Vegas took a 2-0 lead.

Colin Miller and James Neal added third period goals for Vegas, as the Sharks lost a playoff game by seven goals for just the second time in franchise history. The Golden Knights absolutely throttled the Sharks 7-0 in Las Vegas.

Vegas had 15 takeaways, San Jose had six.

The Knights meanwhile continue to defy the odds and not only won their first round series with the Kings, they didn't drop a single game and looked like a seasoned group of veterans in the process as they have used their status as castoffs to their benefit all season long.

For the visiting Sharks, the offense will run through Joe Pavelski (23 goals, 48 assists) and Brent Burns (13 goals, 56 assists).

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There's no primordial beast that's going to overwhelm the Golden Knights. It's going to be tough, but the players are going to be ready, they're fired up. They couldn't execute on the chances they did have.

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. San Jose was 6 for 20 on the power play in the opening round against the Ducks but went 0-for-5 against Fleury. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 33 shots that came his way. The Vegas goalie has three shutouts in five games, stopping 160 fo 163 shots.

Both the Sharks and Golden Knights received stellar performances from their goaltenders in the first round, with Jones allowing just four goals total and two at even strength for a.970 save percentage.

The Sharks started the series without star center Joe Thornton, who has been out since January 23 with a knee injury, and there is no timeline for his return.

Kane had 14 points in 17 regular-season games after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on February 26. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it's successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

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