On Tuesday, the Vegas Golden Knights became the first ever expansion team in NHL history to sweep their first playoff series during their inaugural season.
The Golden Knights shut out the Los Angeles Kings in a 1-0 win, advancing them to the second round, where they will face either the San Jose Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the series. Brayden McNabb scored his first playoff goal against his former team to help secure the 1-0 victory. McNabb was selected by the Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.
With the victory, Fleury passed Dominik Hasek and moved into 11th place for all-time career playoff wins with his 66th. Fleury also tied Terry Sawchuk for ninth place in career playoff shutouts, recording his 12th.
The Golden Knights joined the Pittsburgh Penguins for NHL teams that have won a four-game sweep in their first playoff series. The Penguins managed the feat in 1970, three years after they were founded.
Vegas Golden Knights are the 3rd team from NHL, NBA and MLB to complete a four-game sweep to win their first-ever playoff series. The Penguins did so in 1970 (vs. Oakland Seals) and the MLB's Boston Braves did so in 1914 (vs. Philadelphia Athletics). (Via @ESPNStatsInfo)
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 18, 2018
Per NBCS Washington’s JJ Regan, the Washington Capitals have never won a playoff series in a four-game sweep.
Vegas has swept the LA Kings in their very first playoff series. In their history, the #Caps have never won a playoff series in a 4-game sweep.
— JJ Regan (@JJReganNBCS) April 18, 2018
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