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NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Sharks vs. Golden Knights

The Golden Knights embarked on one of the most improbable and incredible runs last year in their first season in the league, winning the Pacific Division crown and rolling right through the Western Conference to make the Stanley Cup Finals. This year, they look to not only repeat as Western Conference champions but take that final step and bring the Stanley Cup to Vegas.

Standing in their way are the Sharks, perhaps the team they have built the strongest rivalry within their young history. A perennial contender, the Sharks have had great regular season success, and have made playoffs all but six years throughout their entire 28-year existence (they’ve only missed twice since 1998). However, all this success has not translated well to the postseason, with only one appearance in the Cup Finals and three in the conference finals in this span. The Sharks are looking to put an end to this playoff futility and finally win the Cup.

Last year, these two planted the seeds for a rivalry in their second-round tilt, a spirited affair that the Golden Knights ended up winning in six games. This year, as the rivalry grows stronger, will the Sharks get revenge? Or will the Knights again prevail and defend their crown?

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