Golden Knights advance to Western Conference Final, Aces win preseason game
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights have worked themselves in the NHL's conference finals. The Lightning closed out their second-round series with Boston in five games, and the Knights advanced with a Game 6 win at San Jose.
The Bruins led Game 5 until Brayden Point and J.T. Miller scored second-period goals in the Lightning's 3-1 win at Tampa.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 14 of his 27 saves in the third period and blanked the Bruins after David Krejci notched a power-play goal with 48 seconds left in the opening stanza.
Miller put Tampa Bay ahead with a power-play goal 14 minutes into the second period, just over three minutes after Point tied it.
The Lightning will take on either Pittsburgh or Washington in the conference final. The Capitals lead their second-round series, 3-2 and can advance with a win on Monday.
The expansion Golden Knights moved on with a 3-0 win over the Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his league-leading fourth shutout of the postseason and 14th of his career. Fleury also tops all NHL playoff netminders with a 1.53 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.
Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring 6 1/2 minutes into the second period before Nate Schmidt made it 2-0 about nine minutes later.
Cody Eakin sealed the win and the series with an empty-netter.
Vegas now awaits the winner of the Jets-Predators series. Winnipeg has a 3-2 lead in the series and can oust Nashville on Monday.
Southern Nevada’s new WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces, won their first preseason game 98-63 over China’s National team at Mandalay Bay Sunday.