Alex Tuch scored twice to lead Vegas to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, giving the Golden Knights a 3-2 series lead in their conference semifinal. The comeback wasn't enough and an empty net goal sealed the Game 5 victory for the Knights.
The goal seemed to have given the Knights extra life. meanwhile the Sharks did little to respond.
Jones made clutch stops earlier in the first on Neal, Ryan Carpenter and William Karlsson, as he ended up stopping 14 of 15 shots in the first period.
Kevin Labanc got the Sharks on the scoreboard at 9:35, and a couple minutes later Tomas Hertl scored his sixth of these playoffs for the Sharks to make the game 4-2 at 11:44. He made key saves early on and did not give the energetic Vegas crowd anything to cheer about for most of the period. They looked dominant for the first 40 minutes but let their foot off the gas pedal by the second half of the third.
It the Golden Knights' 7-0 win in Game 1, 11 of their 18 skaters collected at least one point.
"We play against really good players, you're not going to completely shut them down in a game", Couture said Wednesday morning of the responsibility he and linemates Hertl and Boedker usually face. "We got into some penalty trouble at the end and gave them a chance to get back in the game". "For us, if we're playing against them tonight, try and force them to defend, play in the d-zone". The team is Las Vegas' first major sports franchise, and defying some predictions, locals have filled the stands game after game.
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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.
"You guys see these guys' regular-season record", DeBoer said. They're very good at home.
Many doubted the Golden Knights' playing style would translate to the postseason, especially against an experienced-veteran team in the Los Angeles Kings, but they promptly swept them in four games. Thirty teams tried to figure that out this year, and no one had success.
With a little more than four minutes left in the game, and Fleury sprawled out in front of the net behind a slew of traffic, Boedker picked up a loose puck and lifted it over the pile to make it 4-3. Boedker then added an even strength goal with 4:16 to go in regulation to narrow the lead to one.
But again, the offense came too late. "I think every line wants to take the responsibility of making sure that we're not getting scored on when we're out there and tilt the ice in their favor". "It's not over yet".
"We fixed some things and it was a better team game", Burns said. "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".