Sharks vs. Golden Knights, Game 5 on Friday

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In a series marked by a complete lack of momentum and even somewhat short on drama, the Vegas Knights are one game away from a trip to the conference final. "They get exhausted and you wear them down".

Couture tied the game at 2 with a goal that conceivably could have been avoided. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities.

First off, they have to figure out a way to get a better start in Game 6. Labanc's power play goal at the 9:35 mark of the third spoiling the shutout bid.

LAS VEGAS - Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance.

Moments after Vegas' Jon Merrill was called for hooking, Couture found the back of the net to give the Sharks their first win inside T Mobile Arena this season. Since then the Sharks had improved their puck management. slowing down the Golden Knights' sharp transition game.

They edged the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Marc-Andre Fleury's sentimental first game against his former team on December 14 then took down the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning five days later. Less than two minutes later San Jose made things interesting when Boedker's wraparound got loose, and Hertl was in the right spot to poke it in and cut Vegas' lead to 4-2.

Can Vegas wrap it up in Game 6, or will the series go the distance?

Jones and Fleury were the biggest reasons why it remained 0-0 for so long. Each guy has a shut out and each has made mind-boggling saves throughout the series. As Fleury tried to clear the puck behind the Vegas net, Logan Couture smashed into the boards to stop the puck. Dell replaced starter Martin Jones at 8:36 of the third period after Vegas forward Alex Tuch made it 4-0.

Job No. 1 for the Sharks from a defensive perspective was to slow down the Golden Knights' top line of Karlsson, Marchessault and Reilly Smith. "Their backs are against the wall so they're going to be do or die. We lost every battle in the neutral zone".

It the Golden Knights' 7-0 win in Game 1, 11 of their 18 skaters collected at least one point.

That changed Friday, as Perron added two assists. The team is Las Vegas' first major sports franchise, and defying some predictions, locals have filled the stands game after game. "We stuck with it and even when they scored the second goal I really liked how we were playing".

The Golden Knights steamrolled the Coyotes 5-2 in the emotional home opener on October 10 and blasted Winnipeg 5-2 on November 10 to stop the bleeding following a rough road trip and the loss of their top three goaltenders.

The Golden Knights thought they won this one in the first overtime when Jonathan Marchessault's backhand sailed past Martin Jones with 3:02 left, but officials ruled there was goaltender interference when Marchessault ran into Jones' blocker and spun him around before his shot.

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