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Las Vegas–Tonight the series continued between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose in front of a record breaking crowd housing 18,671 hockey fans inside the confines of T-Mobile Arena.

After getting beat 7-0 at the hands of the Golden Knights in game 1, the Sharks knew that going down 0-2 in the series in Vegas was not an option.

This was the first time in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs where the San Jose Sharks were without forward Evander Kane.

Kane was not available for San Jose as he was serving his one game suspension that was handed down to him yesterday by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

He was given the suspension for cross checking Golden Knights Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face during the 3rd period in the opening game of the series.

The pace of the opening period did not have the speed like the series opener did. It felt like it was a game of inches but that did not stop the Golden Knights from breaking the ice first again.

With 2:01 left in the first period it would be Golden Knights William Karlsson getting Vegas on the board.

After Colin Miller missed his mark wide on the Sharks net, the puck bounced off of the end boards and it found Karlsson who capitalized on his opportunity with a sharp angle shot that beat Martin Jones for the 1-0 lead.

With the Sharks trailing the game late in the opening period on the Golden Knights their play was much better and it showed despite falling behind for the second time in the series.

At the opening shift of the middle frame, the Golden Knights continued where they left off at and it was Karlsson again getting the job done for Vegas.

The scoring play was caused by Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic turning the puck over in San Jose’s end and Karlsson took advantage of the giveaway and fired a snapper from the top of the right face circle past Jones for a 2-0 Vegas lead.

2:00 into middle frame, the Sharks were on the man advantage and would get their first goal of the series from their star defenseman Brent Burns.

Earlier in the sequence, Joe Pavelski won the draw and sent the puck up to Burns who walked it along the point and fired a wrister shot that found it’s way past Marc-André Fleury that cut into Vegas lead to 2-1.

This also ended Fleury’s shutout streak at 144:04 that dates back in the series clinching game against the Kings in Los Angeles.

With 8:52 to go in the 2nd period, the Sharks would find the game tying goal from their star forward Logan Couture.

His linemate Tomas Hertl managed to get the loose puck and with a spin move down low, fed the puck to Couture in the slot and one timed his shot upstairs past Fleury.

Later in the period it was Burns again for San Jose giving them the go ahead goal of the game for a 3-2 score and their first lead in the series.

Pavelski beat Karlsson on the face off and with the short pass to Timo Meier found Burns who with a great individual effort took the puck and would score a wraparound goal on Fleury.

The Golden Knights had given up three goals in the playoffs for the first time in a single period.

In the previous series against the Kings, they gave up just three goals in a span of 4 games.

As the game went into the third period, the Golden Knights knew they needed a goal to tie the contest up and they received it from workhorse defenseman Nate Schmidt with just 6:32 left in regulation.

After winning the faceoff, the puck found it’s way up top to Shea Theodore. Theodore saw Schmidt open and with his one time shot from long range beat Jones that knotted the game up at 3-3.

Schmidt’s game tying goal forced not one but two overtime periods.

At the 16:58 mark of the first overtime period, the Golden Knights thought that they had won the game with Jonathan Marchessault getting the puck past Jones.

However, after it was determined that Marchessault made contact with Jones, the official overturned the goal for goaltender interference so the contest played on into the 5th period.

In the second overtime period, the Golden Knights put themselves into some very difficult position with undisciplined penalties by Theodore and Jon Merrill. Vegas was successful at killing off the first one, but it was second penalty that San Jose would make them pay for it.

On the scoring sequence after taking the pass from Burns, San Jose’s Kevin Labanc fed the puck cross ice to a wide open Couture and with time and space wired home his wrist shot past Fleury for the 4-3 win in double overtime.

San Jose earned a hard fought split out of Vegas and for the Golden Knights they will need to get back to playing discipline hockey again in game 3 as the series now shifts to the Bay Area on Monday.

They took 22 minutes in penalties, something that will have to be cleaned up and limited in the next game of the series.

The loss also ended the Golden Knights unbeaten streak in this years playoffs at 5 games.

3 Stars Of The Game

San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture (2 goals including game winner)

San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns (2 goals and 1 assist))

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (2 goals)

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