Golden Knights shut out Sharks, maintain lead for first in West, NHL


The Vegas Golden Knights maintained their lead in the Honda West Division and NHL standings with a 6-0 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose on Wednesday.

It was the final game of the regular season for the Golden Knights, who lead the Colorado Avalanche by two points for first place in the eight-team West. The Avalanche would win the division and Presidents’ Trophy for most points in the NHL if they defeat the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday; Colorado won 6-0 at Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Dylan Sikura had his first two-goal game in the NHL for the Golden Knights (40-14-2), who were 8-0-0 against the Sharks this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for his ninth consecutive win. It was his 67th shutout to tie Roy Worters for 14th in NHL history.

Alexei Melnichuk made 38 saves for the Sharks (21-28-7), who ended the regular season with their third consecutive loss. San Jose failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season.

Alex Pietrangelo gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 3:52 of the first period when he scored with a backhand off a pass from Reilly Smith. It was the defenseman’s second straight game with a goal.

Keegan Kolesar made it 2-0 at 7:48 off a rebound in the crease.

William Carrier gave Vegas a 3-0 lead at 3:05 of the second period, and Jonathan Marchessault made it 4-0 at 7:04.

Sikura scored at 4:10 of the third period to make it 5-0 and at 12:16 for the 6-0 final.

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