Fast forward to Game 7 of the first round between these two teams. The Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third period, with goals by Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and Cody Eakin. Everything’s good for Vegas, right?
That’s where you’d be wrong. Joe Pavelski was cross-checked by Cody Eakin in the third period, leading to a five-minute major. Despite objections from the Golden Knights about the penalty, San Jose scored four consecutive power play goals.
But Vegas wouldn’t go down without a fight, with Jonathan Marchessault scoring the equalizer with 47 seconds left. Still, it wasn’t enough as Barclay Goodrow beat out Fleury for the OT game-winner for a 5-4 score. As a result, Vegas was sent packing. As for the fishies? They persevered until the Western Conference Finals, where the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues, eliminated them in six games.
Still, the aftereffects can be felt from that series. San Jose hopped on the Dallas Stars bandwagon when the Lone Star team faced Vegas in last year’s Western Conference Final. Of course, there was a reference to that past Game 7 involved, where the Golden Knights responded with a jab regarding living in the past.