With AP Photos.The expansion Golden Knights have taken the National Hockey League and their hometown by storm in their first season.
San Jose goalie Martin Jones has been up-and-down this series and I'm not sure I can trust him as much as Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in this spot.
Doing that in SAP Center is no easy task.
BC-HKN-Sharks-Golden Knights, 1st Ld-Writethru, 537Tuch scores 2, Golden Knights beat Sharks 5-3 in Game 5AP Photo NVJL109, NVJL108, NVJL114, NVJL113, NVJL112, NVJL117, NVJL116, NVJL115, NVJL118, NVJL119, NVJL120, NVJL103, NVJL104, NVJL105, NVJL102Eds: Golden Knights 5, Sharks 3. "I believe in the strength of our team", forward Tomas Hertl said to the media at yesterday's practice. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Tuch and Erik Haula lit the lamp in the second frame, increasing the Golden Knights' lead to three goals. While the Golden Knights don't have a traditional shutdown defenseman, they have three solid pairs.
Vegas tacked on two more goals in the second period, increasing their lead to 3-0 and making it look as if another blowout was set to take place.
"They're good lines. they scored a lot in the first game", Sharks center Chris Tierney said Friday morning. "It's just to come out to the rink and play the best you can and leave it all out there".
It the Golden Knights' 7-0 win in Game 1, 11 of their 18 skaters collected at least one point.
Coach Paul Maurice said his Jets are at their best when they keep their foot on the gas, and that starts with a mobile defense pushing the envelope as Winnipeg did during the final 40 minutes. "That doesn't cross your mind".
"I don't think the mood has really changed with this team since I've been here", said nine-year veteran Logan Couture, who has spent his entire career with San Jose. Every time you have a chance to get that fourth win you have to take it.
The Golden Knights have been below average on offense in the playoffs so far as they come in ranked 10th in scoring at 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (32.3 spg) and 11th in power play conversions, converting on 16.7% of their chances.
William Carrier has been ruled out of the game and is day-to-day according to Gallant.
After Boedker, standing just a few feet away from the blue line, failed to get the puck out of the Sharks' zone, the Golden Knights kept possession for about the next 20 seconds.
The Sharks acquired Evander Kane at the trade deadline and he was excellent in the first round of the playoffs.