Knights Stutter Again
After taking a 3-1 series lead in their First Round playoff matchup against the San Jose Sharks with three consecutive victories, the Vegas Golden Knights (3-3) are now facing Game 7 following two straight losses. The team followed up Thursday’s 5-2 beat-down in San Jose with a 2-1 overtime fiasco at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. Jonathan Marchessault (3 goals, 4 points this postseason) scored midway through the second period to tie the game at 1-1 before the Sharks buried the shorthanded winner in the second overtime.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 27 shots and has now gone 78-61 in his playoff career with a 2.58 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the current postseason with a 2.47 GAA and a .912 save percentage, and has recorded an 8-4-3 past tally against San Jose with a 2.12 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are scoring the 2nd highest amount of goals per game during the ongoing playoffs (3.50), while allowing the 5th highest quantity defensively (3.00). They are 3rd in power play (29.6%) and 5th in penalty kill (84.0%).
Sharks Force Game 7
The San Jose Sharks (3-3) escaped elimination from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight game after evening their First Round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 2-1 double overtime victory at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. Tomas Hertl (5 goals, 6 points this postseason) buried the shorthanded winner midway through the second extra session, with Logan Couture (4 goals, 6 points) finding the back of the net in the opening frame. It was the first time in NHL history that a multiple overtime contest was decided by a shorty.
Goalie Martin Jones made 58 saves, the most in San Jose history. He is 25-20 in past playoff appearances with a 2.19 GAA and a .924 save percentage, 3-2 during the current postseason with a 3.23 GAA and a .906 save percentage, and 3-2-0 against Vegas historically with a 3.44 GAA and a .897 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 5th highest number of goals per game during the ongoing playoffs (3.00), while giving up the 2nd highest amount in their defensive zone (3.50). They are 12th in power play (16.0%) and 14th in penalty kill (70.4%).
- Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
- Golden Knights are 4-10 in their last 14.