The game wouldn't have made it this far if Marc-Andre Fleury didn't produce a vintage performance in the crease. Updates with new lede.
The Golden Knights took back home-ice advantage, and beat the Sharks 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center Monday night.
The momentum, once entirely in San Jose's favor and then squandered in the second, returned to the Sharks.
Grabbing the win in game-two was Martin Jones, who stopped 26 of the 29 shots that he faced to move to 5-1 with a 2.07 GAA and a.931 save percentage in the postseason this year and 21-15 with a 2.02 GAA and a.926 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.
This series shifts to San Jose on Monday and Wednesday for Games 3 and 4.
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Sharks are listed as a -135 favorite to win on the moneyline. "We were tighter, our team game was better, we were better in every situation, and I knew we would be". "We regrouped in the OT session and said, 'Let's go out there and get this game". His patience was rewarded as he was able to get the tying goal by Fleury.
Vegas lost for the first time in the playoffs after winning their first five games by a 14-3 margin, including a 7-0 victory in Game 1.
The Sharks rallied late with a goal by Evander Kane with 12 minutes to play.
San Jose is 4-0 in its last four games playing on one day of rest.
"We think we're a pretty good club but we'll keep trying to do what we do and see where it takes us", McPhee said. "We had a big one the other night".
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After the first 10 games of the campaign the club were in the relegation zone and, when he first took to the dugout in December - a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture against the Terriers - they were only five points above the drop in 13th. "We have 35 points from 35 games and now we will have to take points against one of the top six teams".
William Karlsson continues to prove that he's more than just a dynamite goalscorer. Meir had the entire right side of the net as Fleury had no chance to stop this shot as he was out of position attempting to block the slap shot by Boedker.
"It's easy", Couture said. "We were harder on pucks, we won more battles".
Once again, the Knights played like no expansion team ever before. "They get exhausted and you wear them down". The series between the Sharks and Golden Knights is tied 1-1.
Calling Game 4 of the Sharks' Western Conference semifinals series with the Vegas Golden Knights a "must win" feels wrong. Vegas coach Gerard Gallant challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld after review. I think Couture is going to be thinking about that one a few times. "We showed great attitude".
"It's one of the things that's very important in the playoffs", Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said.
San Jose finally did open the scoring seven minutes into the second period while on the man-advantage.
The Golden Knights are 5-1 in their last six road games overall.
Nothing changed in the opening game against the Sharks except the goals came early and often. After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Deryk Engelland behind the net, rather than covering it up.
The Golden Knights converted on Tomas Hertl's second-period roughing penalty, and would not relinquish the lead.
San Jose dominated large swathes of the game - coming out of the contest blazing, putting 32 shots on Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the first two periods. Vegas surpassed its season-high 13 penalties in minutes with 22 PIM. Logan Couture screened Fleury as Kane's wrist shot from the right face-off circle whizzed by him to cut it to 3-2. Fleury kept the Golden Knights in the game early as San Jose outshot the visitors 27-10 over the first 27 minutes.