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Golden Knights Staying Calm Before The Storm

Vegas wants to start Game 3 with level heads and not get caught up

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

When the Vegas Golden Knights are led out of their home locker room by Marc-Andre Fleury on Sunday night, T-Mobile Arena will do what it's done all season long. The crowd will erupt, the building will shake, and the players will receive a jolt of energy.

Defenseman Shea Theodore said his team enjoys feeding off the energy that the home crowd brings but that staying focused in the moment helped them succeed Friday night in San Jose.

"We calmed ourselves down and got into our own style in Game 2," Theodore said. "That allowed us to play a much better game."

Much of the series so far between the Golden Knights and Sharks has been defined by special teams. Vegas has had a successful penalty kill as they've scored two shorthanded goals and allowed just two power-play goals on 13 chances. Finding the line between playing physical and taking penalties will be a focus heading into Game 3.

"We have to find that fine line of playing on the edge but not over the edge," said forward Mark Stone. "We want to continue to play fast and physical, but we have to stay disciplined."

Stone, who leads all players in the series with three goals, said that Vegas can't give San Jose any easy opportunities. If the Sharks are going to get a chance to score on Marc-Andre Fleury, they'll have to really earn it.

"We want to make sure that, if they're going to get scoring chances, they're going to have to travel 200 feet," Stone said.

Given how physical the first two games of the series have been, Head Coach Gerard Gallant predicted that both teams would start to show a little bit more skill as the series continues.

"I think it's been two very physical, chippy games and, sooner or later, we'll get that really good hockey and both teams are really talented," said Gallant.

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