NHL round-up: Vegas Golden Knights continue to make history with win

Last Updated April 18 2018, 07:55Other Sports
Vegas Golden Knights celebrate win over LA Kings
Vegas Golden Knights celebrate win over LA Kings

The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team in an inaugural season to sweep the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after claiming a narrow 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Brayden McNabb put Vegas ahead 4.04 into the second period and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury held on to deliver the shutout as the newcomers took the series 4-0.

The Golden Knights progress to play the winners of the San Jose Sharks' round-one draw with the Anaheim Ducks.

Leading Anaheim 3-0, the Sharks are a win away from a second-round showdown with the Golden Knights.

The Washington Capitals got their first win of the playoff series as they edged a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a third game decided in overtime.


Stanley Cup winner (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Nashville Predators - 7/2
  • Boston Bruins - 6/1
  • Tampa Bay Lightning - 6/1
  • Vegas Golden Knights - 6/1
  • Pittsburgh Penguins - 7/1
  • Winnipeg Jets - 15/2
  • Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/1

Lars Eller scored the tiebreaker nine minutes into a second overtime period to put the series 2-1 in Columbus' favour.

The Blue Jackets won both the preceding games on Washington's ice, while the Capitals beat Columbus on their territory on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele scored a brace as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0, bringing them to within a game of progressing to the second round of the Western Conference.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves in a seventh shutout of the season as he helped the Jets to a 3-1 series lead.

Scheifele's opener came in the final minute of the first period, with the second into an empty Wild net with 11 seconds left in the game.

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