The Vegas Golden Knights' season ended with a 5-4 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round.
The Golden Knights, who made the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 2017-18, had a 3-1 lead in the series and were ahead 3-0 in the third period of Game 7.
Vegas lost to San Jose after eliminating it from the Western Conference Second Round last season.
Here are 5 reasons the Golden Knights were eliminated:
1. Eakin's five-minute major
The Golden Knights took a 3-0 lead at 3:36 of the third period on a goal from forward Max Pacioretty.
They were 31-0-3 between the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs when leading after two periods and 10:47 away from advancing to the second round when forward Cody Eakin was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for cross-checking Sharks forward Joe Pavelski at 9:13.
The Sharks quickly took advantage on the power play when Logan Couture scored seven seconds in (9:20) to make it 3-1. Tomas Hertl scored 49 seconds later to make it 3-2 at 10:09, and Couture's second goal 2:44 later tied it 3-3 at 12:53. Kevin Labanc gave San Jose a 4-3 lead at 13:21.
The Golden Knights had killed off four Sharks power plays in the first two periods and 25 of 29 in the series before San Jose erupted late in Game 7.