Las Vegas–Today the 1st place in the Pacific Division Vegas Golden Knights hosted the San Jose Sharks for the first time this season on Gold Friday at T-Mobile as the league celebrated Thanksgiving weekend.

For the Golden Knights, they put their 8-1 record at home to good use by getting on the scoresheet first with Shea Theodore knotting his first goal of the season with Vegas on a sharp angle shot that beat Martin Jones, the play started by a cycle game from Brandon Leipsic and Cody Eakin at 2:33 of the 1st.

Theodore’s 1st With The Vegas Golden Knights

Later in the first period, it was “The Real Deal” James Neal who extended the Golden Knights lead over the visiting San Jose Sharks by a backhand pass from Erik Haula. Vegas was on the power play and Neal went upstairs on Jones to make it 2-0 Golden Knights for his 12th of the season.

Neal’s 12th Of The Season

On San Jose’s fourth shot of the night, it was Tomas Hertl that put the Sharks on the board as he beat Maxime Lagace glove side, it was courtesy of a backhand feed pass by Joonas Donskoi that cut the Golden Knights lead in half 2-1 with 2:52 left of 1st.

During the 1st intermission, The Blue Man Group performed in front of the sellout crowd at T-Mobile Arena.

10 seconds into the 2nd period, the Golden Knights extended their lead once again on the power play and it was William Karlsson who cashed in a rebound shot by Alex Tuch off of Jones that made it 3-1 Vegas for his 11th of the year. The play was possible because he won the opening draw of the middle frame.

Wild Bill’s 11th Of The Season

After Vegas’s 3rd goal of the contest, the Golden Knights for the 2nd time this season chased an opposing netminder from net as San Jose made a goalie swap from Aaron Dell.

Nearly 7 minutes into the middle period it was Karlsson again who tipped in a Jonathan Marchessault shot that beat Dell which tied teammate Neal for 12 goals on the season at 6:55 which made it a 4-1 Vegas.

Karlsson’s 2nd Of The Game For Vegas

Less than 2 minutes after Karlsson’s 12th of the season, San Jose’s Brent Burns finally knotted his 1st of the campaign after the Sharks won the face off that cut the Golden Knights lead in half for the 2nd time of the contest with a 4-2 score.

After Burns recorded his 1st of the season, it was San Jose’s Chris Tierney that tighten things up for the Sharks when he went backdoor on Lagace that brought it to a one goal game, 4-3.

The no quit attitude for San Jose helped them climb all of the way back in the game and the next man up for the Sharks was Mikkel Boedker who got the job done on the power play as he went five hole against Lagace and tied it up at 4-4.

In the 3rd period, Head Coach Gerard Gallant joined his counterpart Peter DeBoer as he made a goaltending change and he brought in Malcolm Subban in on relief. This was Subban’s first start since October 21st against the St. Louis Blues.

The game would require some extra time and it was 82 seconds by Marchessault who sealed the deal for the Golden Knights as they escaped T-Mobile Arena with 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Marchessault’s Overtime Winner

For Vegas, they would improve to 14-6-1 on the season with 8 straight wins at home (9-1-0 at T-Mobile Arena) with 29 points and a three point cushion in the Pacific Division standings against the Los Angeles Kings.

With 3 saves in relief on the night, Subban recorded his 3rd win of the season.

With the Golden Knights, history keeps coming their name as they matched an NHL record with the longest winning streak by a franchise in their 1st season in the league.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (Overtime winner and 2 assists)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (2 goals)

Vegas Golden Knights: Co-3rd star, James Neal and Shea Theodore (1 goal and 1 assist each)

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