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Golden Knights Treating Game 4 As Must-Win

Vegas can take a 3-1 lead in series vs. San Jose on Tuesday

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights lead the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, in their first-round best-of-seven series.

The Sharks will be hungry for a win Tuesday night in Game 4 as they hope to avoid going down 3-1 in the series. They'll enter the game with a must-win mentality. Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant wants his team to treat the game as a must-win too.

"The way I look at it, it can either be 3-1 or 2-2 after tonight," Gallant said. "It's a big turning point in the series, but it's all about who can win four games."

Defenseman Brayden McNabb said that message has been heard loud and clear in the Vegas dressing room.

"This is a pivotal game in the series," McNabb said. "It'd be huge for us to get a win tonight and take a stranglehold on the series. We need our best game tonight."

The Golden Knights are familiar with their opponent and McNabb said that familiarity makes preparation easier each day.

"They're a big team and they have guys who run around and finish checks," McNabb said. "That's exactly what playoff hockey is. We expect that to continue going forward."

Vegas is already guaranteed another home game during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs whether that's Game 6 against San Jose or a game during the second round against Calgary or Colorado. If all goes according to plan for the Golden Knights, that home game will occur next round, but forward Jonathan Marchessault said that doesn't happen without the whole team showing up on the big stage.

"This is what hockey players live for. It's so intense out there and so physical," Marchessault said. "I don't know why you wouldn't want to show up in games like this."

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