With the series tied 2-2 and each team having a shut out and an OT win, the Golden Knights hit the ice ready to take on the San Jose Sharks and get one step closer to the Western Conference Final. Let’s take a quick look at how game five went down!
This period seemed to end quicker than it started. Both teams hit the ice with pure aggression and rage as neither team wanted to be down on the series. Hard hits, aggressive defense, and shot after shot left both teams scoreless until there was just 3 seconds left in the first period. After a beauty of a shot went off Martin Jones, James Neal was able to scoop up the rebound and stick that puck right where it belongs…. the back of the net! Ending the first period with the Knights up 1-0.
This period was just as fast pace as the first but the Golden Knights were able to capitalize a little quicker and increased their lead before going into the third. In just under 5 minutes Alex Tuch was able to find a rebound and sent the puck through the five hole of Martin Jones giving them a 2-0 lead. Just four quick minutes later, Erik Haula from one of the nastiest angles I’ve seen, rings one off the post and into the net. With the Knights up 3-0 the period ends and we hit the locker room in preparation for the final period.
Now this is where things got interesting… San Jose came out with the mindset of a determined lion hunting prey. After 9 minutes of play, Cody Eakin at full speed sends a quick one timer pass to Alex Tuch in front of the net and with a clean little tap, Tuch finds his second goal of the game and gives the Knights a 4-0 lead. This is where the momentum shifted and Golden Knight fans started to get a little worried. With 10 minutes left, Kevin Labanc sends one top shelf and gives the Sharks their first goal of the game. Two minutes later, Tomas Hertl get a one timer past Marc-Andre Fleury and closes the gap on the Knights lead. Another four minutes go by and the Sharks manage to score another goal as Mikkel Bodker drills one in during a feeding frenzy in front of the net. This gave the San Jose Sharks a great opportunity to tie the game and send it into OT. However, the Golden Knights had other plans. After pulling the goalie and the Sharks up a man, Jonathan Marchessault sends one across the ice to an open net sounding off that goal buzzer and officially giving the Golden Knights their third win on this seven game series!