The Vegas Golden Knights used a 5-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night at SAP Center to tie their best-of-seven series at 1-1.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
The Golden Knights wasted no time taking control of the hockey game as Cody Eakin scored only 58 seconds into the contest. Colin Miller added to the lead with Vegas' first shorthanded playoff goal in franchise history. Just 1:34 later, Max Pacioretty buried his first goal of the postseason to give the Golden Knights a 3-0 edge. San Jose didn't go away easy as they scored three times late in the period to send the teams into the intermission level at 3-3. Mark Stone put the Golden Knights back in the lead with a power-play strike early in the second period and they carried the 4-3 advantage into the third period. William Karlsson added a shorthanded goal in the third period to give the Golden Knights a two-goal cushion. Vegas held on to claim the 5-3 win and tie the series at 1-1.
Early in the second period, the Sharks appeared to take a 4-3 lead, but their goal was disallowed. Vegas turned the tide instantly when Stone scored on the power play to give the Golden Knights a lead they would not surrender.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty posted two points (1G, 1A) for the second game in a row to help the Golden Knights capture the Game 2 win.
Paul Stastny: Stastny picked up two helpers including the primary assist on Stone's game-winner.
Mark Stone: Stone potted his series-leading third goal which stood as the deciding tally in the game.
THE SERIES SO FAR
Vegas corrected any issues it had with its offense from Game 1 as it put five goals on the board. Miller and Karlsson each scored a shorthanded goal for the Golden Knights as their special teams showed vast improvement from Game 2. San Jose's high-power offense bared its teeth late in the first period but couldn't solve Marc-Andre Fleury during the game's final two periods.
NEXT UP: GAME 3
The scene shifts to Vegas as the Golden Knights host the Sharks for Game 3 at 7 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.