Friday night’s Golden Knights-Sharks Game, Vegas took the early lead against San Jose with two unanswered goals in the first then another early into the second by Max Pacioretty. This caused Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to be pulled from the game putting Devan Dubnyk in his place. This seemed to help the Sharks as they were able to convert on two chances of their own with goals by Brent Burns and Matt Nieto making the game a close 3-2.
Burns had gotten the only power play goal for San Jose however, at the time the puck had crossed the goal line, it was not an immediate celebration. In fact, it wasn’t until a minute or so later that the game horn had sounded and play on the ice stopped. Immediately confused and thinking that someone had made a mistake, players on the ice halted and the play was called dead. Referees flocked to the penalty box and received a call from Toronto that allowed them to review the play and deem Burns’ shot was in fact a goal. The puck had gone top shelf and bounced out of the net just as fast as it had entered, therefore no one at the time registered it crossing the blue line below.
At the end of the period, both teams were matched in penalties, with San Jose being the only of the two teams to score on one of these chances. This remained for the entirety of the game as it concluded with Vegas being 0-4 and San Jose 1-5.
When the second intermission was over the players lined up at center ice, but before the puck could be dropped, Kurtis Gabriel and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves earning them both a penalty for roughing. When the puck did manage to be dropped, it only took Vegas’ Alex Tuch 26 seconds to put his team up by two on a feed from William Carrier.
Now up 4-2, Vegas was in a very important position to be able to win the game. With this being said, every game this season that they have led into the third they were able to win, making them up until this point 8-0. It was also apparent that Vegas came in strong to the third period, but once again San Jose managed to come back up and with just about a minute left in the period. Kevin Lablanc had a backhand shot off of goaltender Oscar Dansk as Dansk actually tried to play the puck away from the net causing him to come out of the crease. Lablanc, down on the ice, swung his stick towards the puck and redirected it behind Dansk who could not get back quick enough, tying the game at 4. This was a huge feat for the Sharks as they are the first team this season to take down Vegas in the third, even though they could not convert this into an OT win, they at least came out of the game with a point.
The game concluded 1:25 into overtime as Pacioretty got his third point off his second goal of the night as he scored to the left of Dubnyk as Dubnyk tried to come back over from the right side of the crease. The slot was empty and Pacioretty was able to get a clean goal in this spot causing his team to win 5-4.
This being said, San Jose put up a great fight having caught back up after being down the entirety of the game. They lead on hits having played a very physical game on Vegas which certainly helped them convert on many chances and caused many turnovers. It should be interesting to see if the physicality stays in their matchup tonight at 10:30 eastern time. Additionally, if either team can convert more on their power plays, then they would definitely gain an even better advantage having been so close throughout the game by scoring mostly even strength goals, with the exception being Brent Burns one power play goal. Having lost both of these matchups so far this season, it may give San Jose more fuel to win and after their last performance, it may be another close game.