Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
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Knights hit the ice for second game against the Sharks

Knights hit the ice for second game against the Sharks

Vegas and San Jose each experienced both sides of that roller coaster the past two games, with the Golden Knights responding with William Karlsson's goal in overtime in Game 3 at the Shark Tank. But it's playing out nicely around the rest of Las Vegas, which is awash in Knights merchandise as the city that has never had a major sports team eagerly embraces one that is its very own.

Couture felt Fleury pushed off on his post well.

Vegas, which swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, won the season series with the Sharks (3-0-1), although two of the games were decided in overtime and another by just one goal. Brent Burns also scored two goals and Martin Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose. Take the home team to win Game 3.

"You just move on", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said.

Couture tied the game at 2 with a goal that conceivably could have been avoided.

The Sharks have a 39-30 advantage in shots on goal through 60 minutes of hockey. I think it's safe to take the hosts here as they are a solid 27-13-2-1 at home this season and have been playing great hockey during the playoffs aside from Game 1 when they laid an egg. Then David Perron drew a penalty on Brendan Dillon and Vegas took advantage.

Tierney, Pavelski and Kane combined for six of the Sharks' 17 shots on goal in the first period.

With 6½ minutes remaining in regulation, Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt blasted in a one-timer from the right side, from Shea Theodore's slick feed, that nicked San Jose wing Melker Karlsson's skate and ducked under Jones' glove to tie it 3-3.

Before the goal could even be announced over the loud speakers at SAP Center, Reilly Smith scored the Golden Knights' third straight goal to give Vegas a two-goal lead entering the final period.

Logan Couture - The Sharks sniper recorded 10 shot attempts (7 SOG), including a point-blank chance during overtime on which Marc-Andre Fleury made an incredible glove save.

The momentum, once entirely in San Jose's favor and then squandered in the second, returned to the Sharks.

Golden Knights: Nobody was hurt, but Vegas made one lineup change, scratching ex-Sharks forward Ryan Carpenter in favor of trade deadline acquisition Tomas Tatar.

"He's won three Stanley Cups", Couture said when asked if he's ever seen Fleury play better than right now.

Las Vegas very almost went up 2-0 in the series, but its overturned goal in overtime kept the path open for the Sharks to steal the victory.

The total has gone over in 14 of San Jose's last 20 games.

So you'd think Peter DeBoer's squad might be a little ticked off to be cast in the role of the underdog against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights when they meet in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs starting Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. He took the place of Ryan Carpenter.

Absorbing the loss in game-two was Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed four goals on 47 shot attempts to fall to 5-1 with a 1.00 GAA and a.967 save percentage in the postseason this year and 67-52 with a 2.55 GAA and a.912 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.

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