Vegas Golden Knights hit back at San Jose Sharks and tied the series between them and the big rival at 1-1. The guests from Nevada defeated Sharks with 5-3, after a fierce battle which saw numerous penalties, tough hits, and a true playoff battle.
Cody Eakin scored the goal for the guess after just 58 seconds of play, and that furious opening of the game was continued with penalties of the Knights. Colin Miller and Deryk Engelland went out in the span of one minute, leaving Las Vegas with two players fewer on the ice. Miller came back and after just 10 seconds in the game managed to beat Martin Jones, for a shorthanded goal. It didn’t take too long to see one more score in Jones’ net.
It was Max Pacioretty who beat Sharks’ goalie and forced Peter DeBoer to replace him with Aaron Dell.
Six penalties were seen between Pacioretty’s score and the next one. Logan Couture decreased the gap between two sides with 3:01 before the end of the opening sequence, and his hit was an initial spark for a great comeback of the hosts.
Thomas Hertl netted a power-play goal 39 seconds later, while veteran Joe Thornton tied the result with 52 seconds to go in the opening third.
Another power-play goal took place at 1:31 in the second, through Mark Stone. That was pretty much all in this part of the game except for, of course, several more penalties.
Vegas sealed the fate of the hosts with William Karlson’s goal, 7:35 into the last sequence. This time, it wasn’t a power-play situation, but totally the opposite, Golden Knights were shorthanded.
The game became even more physical, and it ended with some clashes between the players on both sides.
🎥 Gallant: These are two really good teams and it's still going to be a battle. We're headed home for the next two games and we've got to take advantage on home ice. pic.twitter.com/wwKg9Fo3PZ
— x-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 13, 2019
This is a huge win for Las Vegas, who had three losses in four previous games against this opponent. Series is now moving to Nevada, where Golden Knights fell much more comfortable, and where they demolished the Sharks in the opening encounter with 6-0.
For the Sharks, this is the test of the season. If they overcome the tough road trip to Sin City, and come back with one win from two games, they will have nice chances of advancing to the second round.
The game is set for Sunday, 10 pm ET.