Fleury leads Knights to historic sweep of Kings

Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his 12th career playoff shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights became the first expansion team in the 100-year history of the National Hockey League to sweep a playoff series in its first season with a 1-0 victory over the host Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Ex-King Brayden McNabb scored the lone goal for Pacific Division winner Vegas, which won the best-of-seven series 4-0. The Golden Knights will play the winner of the San Jose Sharks-Anaheim Ducks series in the semifinals of the Western Conference playoffs.

"It's nice," Fleury said of making expansion-club history. "Obviously all season we haven't played to beat records and stuff. We always started to focus on the next game and try to win that game. Obviously this is awesome, you know, but it's playoffs. It's nice to win, but it doesn't matter if it's a sweep or Game 7. It's just nice to move up to round two."

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It was the 66th career playoff victory for Fleury, a key member of three Stanley Cup championship teams with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He moved past Dominik Hasek into 11th place on the NHL's all-time list for playoff wins for a goaltender.

Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots for Los Angeles.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 13: William Carrier #28 of the Vegas Golden Knights tries to stay with the puck as he gets knocked down by Paul LaDue #38 and Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on April 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - APRIL 13: Brandon Tanev #13 of the Winnipeg Jets fights Daniel Winnik #26 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 13, 2018 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks shoots and scores getting his shot past goalie John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 16, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 16: Blake Coleman #20 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his empty net goal at 19:02 of the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 16, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a diving save against Scott Laughton #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 12: (L-R) Timo Meier #28, Brent Burns #88 and Paul Martin #7 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate Burns' goal in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - APRIL 11: Fans of the Winnipeg Jets welcome their team to the ice as they took on the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 11, 2018 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings allows a goal to Brayden McNabb #3 of the Vegas Golden Knights for a 1-0 lead during the second period in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Knights would win the game 1-0 and sweep the series 4-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Apr 14, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) makes a jump screen as Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) makes a save during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 18: Dylan DeMelo #74 of the San Jose Sharks and Nick Ritchie #37 of the Anaheim Ducks collide during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 18, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Nolan Patrick #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers is unable to get the puck past Matt Murray #0 and Brian Dumoulin #8 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Austin Watson #51 of the Nashville Predators celebrates scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22: Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a first period goal by Sidney Crosby #87 against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 8-5 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Apr 22, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Referee Tim Peel (20) breaks up Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) and Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) in the second period in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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McNabb netted the first playoff goal of his career at the 4:04 mark of the second period. The score came after Fleury made a big save on Dustin Brown. Vegas then broke out on a three-on-two rush ending with Reilly Smith sending a crossing pass to McNabb, who fired a one-timer from the dot in the right circle into the upper right corner of the net.

The Kings pulled Quick with 1:05 remaining and had one good chance, but Brown's shot from the slot went just wide of the right side of the net.

All four games were decided by one goal, including two games by 1-0 scores to begin and end the series. Another was decided in overtime, 2-1, as Vegas allowed just two even-strength goals in the series.

"It was a close series right from Game 1," Fleury said. "They were all one-goal games, right? Again tonight till the end it was a close game. Happy that it's over. Happy that we won with this group."

Kings center Anze Kopitar, who had one goal and one assist in the series, said of his team's playoff failure, "Our season's done. Of course it's frustrating.

"I don't think it's all (Fleury). Obviously you can't win the series scoring three goals total. For sure give him credit. I think he was playing really well but we also had some chances that we didn't score on. We just didn't score enough goals."

Quick fell to 9-5 in elimination games in his career.

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