With the series tied 1-1, the Vegas Golden Knights head to San Jose ready to take on the Sharks and grab the seven game series lead. With all of Vegas behind them, this is exactly what was about to happen.
This period consisted of great defensive playing on both ends of the ice. Though there was no scoring by either team, Marc- Andre Fleury showed up in normal fashion and had some highlight reel saves between the pipes. At 12:24 Fleury was redirected with some quick stick handling but was able to become a contortionist, twisting his body in ways the human anatomy shouldn’t be able too and gets an amazing stick save on a wide open net. With just 2:25 left in the first, Fleury sits on a puck that just went through pure chaos in front of the net as the Sharks tried to find their first goal of the game. With another amazing save, the clock hits zero and we head into the second period with a scoreless game.
Heading into the second period you can tell there was some serious face mask conversations in the locker room as both teams hit the ice ready to find the back of the net. At 13:01, Timo Meier finds some open net off a rebound and gives the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Golden Knights didn’t take this lightly as the next 13 minutes consisted of nothing but VGK domination. With 10:21 left and the Golden Knights on a NV Energy power play, James Neal sends a quick pass to Colin Miller who gets a beautiful back door shot on Martin Jones and ties the game 1-1. This was only the beginning! At 6:53, Alex Tuch shovels one over to Jonathan Marchessault who sends a absolute rocket toward the goal and splits the iron giving the Knights a 2-1 lead. In just over one minute, Riley Smith finds his first goal in quite some time by perfectly handling a puck that went off the stick of William “Wild Bill” Karlsson. With the Knights up 3-1 we head into the third period.
It’s hard to say but I’ll have to give it to them. San Jose completely dominated this period, finding 2 goals to tie the game and not allowing our beloved Golden Knights to score the entire period. With 12:10 left, Brent Burns sends the puck top shelf and closes the gap on the Knights lead. Ten hard hitting minutes later, Tomas Hertl finds the back of the net off a rebound and ties the game 3-3. The third period closes and we head into OT.
This period went quick as the Golden Knights hit the ice determined to take the lead on the series. Within the first ten minutes, our one and only William “Wild Bill” Karlsson finds some open ice and gets a breakaway heading full speed to the opposite end. With a quick flick of the wrist, Wild Bill sends one top self and gets himself a game winning playoff goal to close out the game!
The Golden Knights are now up 2-1 on the series and stay a few more days in San Jose in preparation to dominate game four.