Sharks slide to edge of elimination with Game 5 loss

Sharks slide to edge of elimination with Game 5 loss

Sharks slide to edge of elimination with Game 5 loss

Game will be played Sunday in San Jose, California.

Alex Tuch scored twice to lead Vegas to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, giving the Golden Knights a 3-2 series lead in their conference semifinal.

His players weren't trotting out the hollow cliches about moral victories either.

Three third-period goals by the Sharks looked as though they could force yet another overtime, but the ever-so-pesky Jonathan Marchessault provided the dagger late in the third with an empty-netter.

Brent Burns also scored two goals and Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which was playing without suspended forward Evander Kane.

The Sharks had pulled goalie Aaron Dell for an extra attacker.

The Sharks came out much harder in the third, but they just couldn't buy a goal early on. Jones made 27 saves. Conversely, in Games 2 and 4, Marchessault couldn't crack the Sharks' defense, and not coincidentally, those were the two games Vegas lost. They looked dominant for the first 40 minutes but let their foot off the gas pedal by the second half of the third.

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He once played with a broken jaw, after having to sneak rolls of coins into his trousers to make weight for the game. I think that you could chase that thing forever and it might be the next year, but it might be 10 years away.

"We play against really good players, you're not going to completely shut them down in a game", Couture said Wednesday morning of the responsibility he and linemates Hertl and Boedker usually face.

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

They didn't stop there as Mikkel Bodker found a loose puck near the crease and popped in his first of the playoffs to make the game 4-3 with four minutes left. "We didn't turn a puck (over), we played quick, they didn't have too many chances. We lost every battle in the neutral zone".

Unlike the first game of this series, which saw the Golden Knights become the third National Hockey League franchise to score at least seven goals in a playoff game during its inaugural season, Game 2 was much more physical, something that seemingly took Vegas out of its rhythm in the second period. Looking ahead to Game 6, if this continues to hold true, we should see this go seven and Vegas should win this series. "That's not an accident. They've been unbelievable since the start, so I haven't doubted them".

Now they've got less than 48 hours to get everything corrected if they want to keep their season alive.

San Jose tried to even the score early on and had several good opportunities on the powerplay butMarc-Andre Fleury was on his game, turning everything aside to help his team preserve the lead. "To come back home and feel comfortable and we used it". The line of Hertl, Logan Couture and Boedker was the most effective unit for the Sharks in Game 5. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.

"I just think we want to win", James Neal said. "It's not over yet". He was three seconds away from keeping the game scoreless after 20 minutes before the Knights struck to take a 1-0 lead. "I believe we come back for Game 7".

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