In a game that might take years off t=your life the Golden Knights evened their playoff series with the Sharks after winning game two in San Jose 5-3 on Friday night at the SAP Center.
Coach Gerard Gallant wanted a fast start and he got exactly that as Cody Eakin beat Martin Jones less than a minute into the game, Vegas got themselves into trouble when Colin Miller and Deryk Engelland committed infractions sending them to the box giving San Jose a two man advantage but the Golden Knights managed to kill the first penalty and as Colin Miller came out of the box a turnover by the Sharks allowed him to walk in on Jones and get it into the back of the net and Vegas was cruising. They killed off the remainder of the penalty on Engelland and had a two goal lead. Minutes later Vegas took a three goal lead when Paul Stastny found Max Pacioretty who ended Martin Jones’s night when he beat him with a fantastic goal.
The first period only got more crazy from there as Vegas had a two man advantage of their own in the final few minutes of the period looking to add more goals, San Jose managed to kill the 23 seconds on the five on three however trouble ensued when Colin Miller took his second penalty of the period for a cross check and San Jose began their comeback.
At four on four Erik Karlsson skated into open ice and found Logan Courture to cut the deficit to 3-1 in favor of the Golden Knights. The bad news for Vegas was the goal came while the four on four hadn’t expired so San Jose found themselves on the power play seconds later when Karlsson had his sot deflected by Tomas Hertl and past Fleury. In the final minute of the period Evander Kane forced a turnover and skated into the Golden Knights zone and set up the tying goal and we’d head to the second period tied at three.
San Jose appeared to take lead when Logan Couture interfered with Marc-Andre Fleury on a Brent Burns shot that went into the net, the goal was waved off and Couture went to the penalty box. Taking advantage of the man advantage Mark Stone gave Vegas a lead they wound’t relinquish this time as Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch got the puck to Stone who put into the back of the net. Vegas found themselves playing down a man often for the remainder of the game but William Karlsson ended any idea of a San Jose comeback when he found himself on the right end of a Reilly Smith stretch pass, he sped through the two San Jose defenders and danced around Aaron Dell to put the nail in the coffin.
There teams will meet in Game Three on Sunday night at 7PM at T Mobile Arena and of course you can catch the game on your home of the Golden Knights in Las Vegas Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340AM. The pregame for the game will begin at 6:30.
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