After leveling the series at two games each in San Jose, the Sharks traveled to Sin City looking to take the lead of the series.
"Obviously with a new team, you never know", said Erica Manson, Golden Knights fan. But from the beginning.
But Marc-Andre Fleury, along with Alex Tuch, who delivered a two-goal night, thought otherwise as they held off a late San Jose surge to prevail 5-3 and push into a must-win Game 6 at SAP Center Sunday.
Vegas came out with a much better start than the previous game, they played with more energy and was more aggressive on the forecheck. Vegas had the edge statistically outshooting the Sharks 15-7 and was also the more physical team dishing out 26 hits to San Jose's 15.
"I don't what is the issue, but we have to be ready", Hertl said. Tuch's goal proved to be an ever-important, being the fourth strike in what ended up being a 5-3 win and a 3-2 series lead for Vegas. "We didn't turn a puck (over), we played quick, they didn't have too many chances".
Unlike the first game of this series, which saw the Golden Knights become the third National Hockey League franchise to score at least seven goals in a playoff game during its inaugural season, Game 2 was much more physical, something that seemingly took Vegas out of its rhythm in the second period. "To come back home and feel comfortable and we used it".More news: Warren Buffet dumps IBM, buys 75 mn more Apple shares
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Now they've got less than 48 hours to get everything corrected if they want to keep their season alive. He was three seconds away from keeping the game scoreless after 20 minutes before the Knights struck to take a 1-0 lead. The Sharks are one loss away from elimination, while the Knights are one win away from the Conference Finals. After the chance, Vegas denied the Sharks any chance, repeatedly sending the puck deep into the San Jose zone. "Honestly I think we're just really confident in each other". Couture had three assists, and Hertl and Boedker each had a goal and assist.
"They came out hard and when you're kind of feeding them that transition game, they'll show you what they can do with it", San Jose centre Joe Pavelski said". "The game got better at the end, so that needs to continue now".
Starting with their first game on October 6 in Dallas, you can argue Vegas has won every pivotal game in its path.
Jones and Fleury were the biggest reasons why it remained 0-0 for so long. After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Deryk Engelland behind the net, rather than covering it up.
"We just can't play the last 10 minutes and hope we score four goals in the last 10 minutes", forward Tomas Hertl said.
Three minutes later, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead after he snagged the puck off a faceoff, circled the back of the net and tucked it in on a wraparound. He scored two goals on the night and was streaking up the ice all night in what looked like a route early in the second period. Los Angeles was missing Drew Doughty in the opening round.