San Jose Sharks get chomped by Las Vegas Golden Knights in overtime

GLENDALE NV- APRIL 26 Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks is escorted off the ice by linesman Greg Devorski #54 after a 5 minute major penalty and game misconduct in the third period Game One of the Western Conference Second Round against the Vegas

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William Karlsson scored at 8:17 of overtime to give the visiting Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Brent Burns also scored two goals and Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which was playing without suspended forward Evander Kane. "But that's a challenge for us, to get it that way". During the regular season, he was 30-28 with a 2.55 GAA and a.915 save percentage overall, including 19-12 with a 2.39 GAA and a.915 save percentage here at home, plus he was 1-2 with a 3.32 GAA and a.899 against the Golden Knights. Of that he notched 9-5-14 with the Sharks, and added another 3 goals, 1 assist for 4 points in the post-season. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Golden Knights will be Marc-Andre Fleury and the Sharks will counter with Martin Jones. Golden Knights RW James Neal had two assists in a 4-3 Game Three overtime win at San Jose, and has six points (2 G, 4 A) in seven playoff games.

We can't help but wonder how Tom Brady feels about Garoppolo aligning with the Sharks, considering San Jose is less than an hour drive from Brady's hometown of San Mateo, Calif.

But when it comes to overtime in the National Hockey League playoffs, there's really no such thing as momentum - especially when Fleury is in net and William Karlsson is flying the other way on an odd-man rush (where the Sharks have the advantage).

"It's one of the things that's very important in the playoffs", Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. Marchessault, however, clipped Martin Jones' goalie stick as he made his way to the slot, causing the goal to be overturned by the NHL's Situation Room. The Sharks have gone 27-16 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.37 gpg and have allowed 2.51 gpg in those games. This is just the fourth time since 1975 that teams split the first two games in all four series in the second round.

The Sharks were back to within a goal and went to work. That feels better, right? He did finish out the game Thursday night, but his status for Game 2 was unknown Friday.

Kane has to be better - his goal was impressive, but the rest of his performance wasn't. However, the Sharks' defenseman is one of the best defenders in the National Hockey League.

Jonathan Marchessault then proceeded to give his team the all important lead with yet another power play goal at 13:09.

A lesser team would have panicked, pressed, and lost by an even wider margin. We've seen that before, as the Sharks and Knights playoff game extended to double overtime on Sunday.

In a wild overtime period that was sans defense and where both teams seem to feed off each other's chances, it was only fitting that the man affectionately known as Wild Bill would put the finishing touch on it.

Fail to do that, and they can start making tee times. Again, a defensive mistake was costly for the Sharks. Now it's time for them to prove it.

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