The Sharks scored four goals on one power play after their captain Joe Pavelski was bloodied and knocked out with the Golden Knights 3-0 up midway through the third period. It was just the second time a team had scored four goals on one major power play in a playoff game.
Martin Jones stopped 34 shots for the Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury made 43 saves for the Golden Knights.
The Sharks will face Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference semifinals, starting with Game 1 at home on Friday night.
Game 7 Update – The San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl netted the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift his team to a 2-1 win over the Golden Knights, forcing a seventh and decisive game in their opening round NHL playoff series.
Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to level the series for the Sharks.
Logan Couture scored to get the Sharks on the board just before the end of the first period, while goalie Martin Jones had a playoff career-high 58 saves.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the Vegas goal to tie the score in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury had 27 saves.
The decisive Game 7 is on Tuesday night at San Jose.
Game 6 Update – The San Jose Sharks avoided elimination by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 5 of their first-round series Thursday night and and now trail 3-2 in the series.
Tomas Hertl scored the first of his two goals just 76 seconds into the game. Martin made 30 saves for the Sharks, having been pulled twice in the previous three games.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Vegas Knights.
Sharks’ defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.
The series now heads back to Las Vegas for Game 6 on Sunday.
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Game 5 Update – The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-0 on Tuesday evening for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference series, with Max Pacioretty having two goals and two assists.
Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury saved all 28 shots fired at him and earned his 15th NHL playoff shutout in doing so.
The Sharks were missing injured center Michael Haley and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, while center Joe Thornton served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Vegas’s Tomas Nosek in Game 3.
Vegas Golden Knights now have the opportunity to eliminate the Sharks from the playoffs for the second consecutive year on Thursday in San Jose.
Game 4 Update – Vegas Golden Knights moved 2-1 ahead in the Western Conference 1st Round series against the San Jose Sharks with a 6-3 win on home-ice on Sunday, with Mark Stone contributing a hat trick and two assists, Paul Stastny adding two goals and three assists and Max Pacioretty having a goal and an assist.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Golden Knights, while Martin Jones stopped 34 shots for the Sharks.
Vegas announced it signed KHL leading scorer Nikita Gusev to one-year entry level contract and added him to the playoff roster.
The Sharks’ Michael Haley left the ice in the 2nd Period with an injured left ankle on a blocked shot and did not return.
Game 3 Update: Vegas Golden Knights leveled the series at 1-1 with a 5-3 win on the road at the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, so giving them the opportunity to take the initiative on home-ice over the next two games.
Six goals were shared in the 1st Period, with the Sharks becoming the first team in NHL history to tie a playoff game in the 1st Period with three goals in the final 3:01 after falling behind 3-0.
A controversial power play for the Golden Knights led to the game-winning goal from Mark Stone.
Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a major concern for the Sharks after blocking a shot in the 2nd Period and not returning.
Game 2 Update: The San Jose Sharks made home-ice advantage count with a 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday evening.
Sharks’ Joe Pavelski lost a couple of teeth and had stitches in his lip and his mouth after taking Brent Burns’ point shot right off his chin top open the scoring in Game 1 of the series. The captain returned to the ice in the 2nd Period despite the injury.
Just about the only positive for the Knights on the night was that Mark Stone scored two goals for Vegas in his playoff debut for them.
The San Jose Sharks meet the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference playoffs Round 1 matchup.
The Sharks and Golden Knights meet for the second postseason in a row, with Vegas having won last year’s series in six games en route to advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in their debut season.
The Sharks finished eight points ahead of the Vegas Knights in the regular season, during which is was two wins apiece on the four occasions that they met.
The Sharks have averaged an excellent 3.52 Goals per Game (tied 2nd overall in the NHL standings), but have allowed 3.15 Goals per Game (21st overall). On an individual basis, Joe Pavelski has 38 goals, while Brent Burns has provided 67 assists.
The Vegas Golden Knights won just one of their last eight games in the season, so they will need to rediscover some form going into the playoffs.
The Golden Knights has averaged 3.00 Goals per Game (tied 13th overall), while allowing 2.78 Goals per Game (10th overall). Jonathan Marchessault has scored 25 goals and registered 34 assists for the Golden Knights this season.
In terms of NHL playoff predictions, this series looks set to be tight and the betting lines should indicate as such once available. The fact that the Sharks will have home-ice advantage should the series run to a seventh and deciding game could prove a significant factor, so they are the tips to avenge last season’s playoff loss to the Vegas Knights, with the odds on a 4-3 series win worth considering.