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Golden Knights Drop Playoff-Opener, 5-2

Vegas trails first round series, 1-0

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

In the first game of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights were topped by the San Jose Sharks, 5-2, on Wednesday night at SAP Center. Vegas trails the best-of-seven series, 1-0.

Physicality prevailed early in the first period as the Golden Knights and Sharks skated through the first 14 minutes without a goal. Joe Pavelski broke the tie on the power play at 14:42 of the first and San Jose took a 1-0 lead into the intermission. The Sharks added to the lead in the second frame as Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored 45 seconds apart for a 3-0 advantage. Vegas answered as Mark Stone buried a rebound goal to cut the deficit to two, but a late goal from Evander Kane put the home team up 4-1 after 40 minutes. Stone scored again in the third period, but Tomas Hertl's empty-net goal sealed the Game 1 win for San Jose.

Vegas mustered some momentum after Stone's goal in the second period and looked to claw its way back into the game. Just when it looked like the Golden Knights would head into the break trailing by just two goals, Erik Karlsson set up Kane for San Jose's fourth goal to steepen the hill that Vegas would have to climb.

Mark Stone: Stone scored his first two playoff goals as a Golden Knight during his first postseason game with his new team.

Evander Kane: Kane posted two points (1G, 1A) for the Sharks in the winning effort.

Erik Karlsson: Karlsson recorded two assists in his San Jose playoff debut.

Game 1 proved unkind to the Golden Knights as penalty trouble put the behind the 8-ball. The Sharks went 1-for-5 on the power play and outshot Vegas 33-26 overall.

The Golden Knights and Sharks get back to business at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SAP Center for Game 2. Local fans can catch the game on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460. The game will also air nationally on NBCSN.


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