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The Vegas Golden Knights stunned the world in their inaugural season by making the playoffs – and also winning the Pacific Division – when many predicted the expansion club would be among the very worst teams in the league.

Their first playoff game was equally stunning … for many different reasons. 

Marc-Andre Fleury posted a 30-save shutout to lift the Golden Knights to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings in their first-ever postseason game at T-Mobile Arena.

The fireworks against the Kings actually started with an elaborate pregame ceremony in true Las Vegas fashion that featured actual knights battling at center ice. No, really. 

The ceremony also featured former NHL player Jeremy Roenick, a broadcaster for NBC Sports, taking a spin on the arena’s air horn. 

While at times bizarre, the ceremony helped create an electric atmosphere for the franchise’s first postseason contest. 

And, before the game was four minutes old, defenseman Shea Theodore was credited with the first postseason goal in the franchise’s history off a wrist shot. 

That score held up as the game-winner, as Fleury stopped everything he faced.

The second period saw the Golden Knights maintain their 1-0 lead thanks to some nifty goaltending from Fleury.

They also got a little puck luck, as the Kings’ Dustin Brown was unable to cash in what seemed like a slam-dunk opportunity. 

Also seen in the second period: Elvis impersonators, because Vegas. 

More to come. 


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