After Alex Tuch's second goal of the night made it 4-0 and Aaron Dell took over between the pipes for San Jose, the Sharks made Marc-Andre Fleury look human for the first time all night. "You're not gonna win many games in the playoffs if you don't play your best hockey", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant 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 were physical, we were playing well, and it was a very good game by everyone", Tuch said.
"I don't what is the issue, but we have to be ready", Hertl said. He made key saves early on and did not give the energetic Vegas crowd anything to cheer about for most of the period. They won four straight Game 5s in their run in 2016 to the Stanley Cup Final, and lost Game 5 in Edmonton past year in the first round before they lost the series in six.
Per the NHL: "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that between Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault and Jones prevented him from his job, in accordance with Rule 78.7". But the San Jose power play didn't look like much of an advantage, as William Karlsson had an opportunity on a short-handed breakaway.
They edged the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Marc-Andre Fleury's sentimental first game against his former team on December 14 then took down the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning five days later.
A stirring Sharks comeback in the third period Friday created a few tense moments for the frenzied, sold-out crowd inside T-Mobile Arena.
"We competed harder all over the ice", Couture said. "They're all big. Obviously, it was nice to be home and get that win".
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Amazon, however, launched an investigation into the claims, which ended in Tambor being removed from the series in February . Tambor denied the claims, calling them "baseless".
Vegas, though, has had a real advantage at home during its inaugural season in the National Hockey League.
The San Jose Sharks need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Tuesday. However, I can't turn down Vegas and the plus money. "Honestly I think we're just really confident in each other. The game got better at the end, so that needs to continue now". "Tonight, whether we thought it was going to be easy or what we thought I don't know, but we didn't show up to play our game".
Starting with their first game on October 6 in Dallas, you can argue Vegas has won every pivotal game in its path.
After Boedker, standing just a few feet away from the blue line, failed to get the puck out of the Sharks' zone, the Golden Knights kept possession for about the next 20 seconds. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.
Fleury's best stop came on Boedker, as Couture intercepted a puck behind the Vegas net.
"We just can't play the last 10 minutes and hope we score four goals in the last 10 minutes", forward Tomas Hertl said.
San Jose weathered the storm early on and had some good pushback near the second half of the first.