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Midday Fix: May 5

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Turn that desperation into futility. That is the mission for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6.

Desperation is the best friend of a team on the brink. The San Jose Sharks will be redlining on urgency when the puck drops for Game 6 with reality of elimination weighing heavily on their collective minds.

The Sharks showed resiliency in Game 4 when faced with the prospect of a loss putting them down 3-1 in the series. They played their best game of the series and knotted things at 2-2. Game 5, however, saw Vegas dominate with a 5-3 win to take a 3-2 series lead and position themselves to reach the Western Conference Final with one more win and two tries to get it.

"When you have a chance to close out a series - you want to do it as quickly as you can. You don't want to give them any chance or any life," said Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa, following the team's practice on Saturday afternoon.

One expression which was getting thrown around a lot on Saturday was, "the fourth win is the hardest in a series."

Center Eric Haula concurred.

"It is the hardest to get. They're going to be desperate and they're going to bring their best game. We have to figure out a way to match it," said Haula.

Winger Will Carrier took a hit in the second period of Game 5 and saw minimal action the rest of the way. Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant called him day-to-day and said he'd know more about his status on Sunday.

Gallant could insert veteran winger Ryan Reaves, who has yet to see action this post-season, or he could come back with Tomas Nosek. Nosek saw action in every game of the playoffs before being scratched for Game 5.

Turk Talks

Highlights from Gallant's media scrum:

Thoughts on William Carrier…

Those guys that didn't skate are not all knocked up. James Neal didn't skate either, but he's fine. It's just a maintenance day. Will is basically day to day. Hopefully we'll know a little bit more today about how he feels and hopefully he's ready for tomorrow.

Thoughts on the play where William Carrier got hurt…

It was an innocent play. It was a check behind the net. Just an innocent play. It happens. Nothing serious.

Thoughts on the possibility of putting Ryan Reaves in…

I'm not worried about putting anybody in. Our guys skate every day and they work hard every day. They've been a big part of our club all season long. Since we've got them we've played well. We've got some options tomorrow and we'll see tomorrow what we're going to do with our lineup if Carrier can't go.

Thoughts on momentum carrying over between games…

I think it's a media type of thing. I think every game is a new game. We talked about momentum in this series and I really think that there's momentum in games. You saw last night when they scored that first goal to make it 4-1, they got some momentum and they carried it. I don't think momentum carries over from game to game. I haven't seen that in the playoffs this year. You get ready for the next game and I think every team does that. You move on from that. I was disappointed last night with the way they came back, but we held on. We got a big win. It's 3-2. We'll move forward from that and get ready for a big game tomorrow.

Thoughts on San Jose coming back last night…

I think it's a mental thing. You get up 4-0 and you look at the scoreboard and you think the game is over. You open the door a little bit and it gets a little bit of momentum. You've just got to make sure that you finish hard. I always preach about, and every coach preaches the same thing, you've got to play 60 minutes. It's important to play a full 60. Fortunately for us once they got that third goal, I thought the last four minutes we played real strong. But again, we shouldn't have let them come back in the game like that.

Thoughts on what they need to do tomorrow…

Let's make sure we're ready to play our best game tomorrow, that's all you can do. Obviously when you're down 3-2 like San Jose, they're going to bring out their best. We get a chance to win this series tomorrow. Let's play our best hockey. Hopefully it's a good, disciplined game from our team. Compete and battle like we did last night for 60 minutes and we'll have a chance.

Thoughts on what he needs to says to prepare the team tomorrow…

I don't have to say a word about San Jose, our guys know. Our guys know that they're going to come in and battle hard. They're going to compete hard. That's the way the game is going to be and that's the way this series has gone. It's two good teams battling back and forth. We won one in their building and they won one in our building. We just have to play hard and compete hard. Hopefully get some breaks. Usually the team that works the hardest gets the breaks and wins the game. We've got to play hard and compete and hopefully win the hockey game.

Viewing notes: Game 6 is set for Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in San Jose and can be seen on NBCSN.

Dan D'Uva has the radio call on 98.9 FM and 1340 AM.

Check out VGK Pregame on the Vegas Golden Knights official Facebook page with Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy and Gary Lawless. The Facebook Live cast begins at 3:30 p.m.

Immediately following the game - fans are encouraged to flip over to ATT&T Sportsnet for the Golden Knights Post-game Show featuring Goucher, Hnidy, Conor McGahey, Eric Lacroix, Aly Lozoff and Gary Lawless. 

Watch Party: The Vegas Golden Knights will host a watch party for game six of the Stanley Cup playoffs outside on Toshiba Plaza, located outside T-Mobile Arena, on Sunday, May 6.

The cost of admission is free, and fans are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to watch the game on the large mesh screen outside T-Mobile Arena. Activities on Toshiba Plaza will include corn hole, a shooting cage and a March to the Fortress as done on home game days.

Fans heading to the watch party at Toshiba Plaza can park for free at the New York-New York parking garage.

The game starts at 4:30 p.m. PT, and fans are encouraged to arrive to Toshiba Plaza by 3:30 p.m. Parking options will be available at New York-New York Hotel.

The Park, located adjacent to Toshiba Plaza, also will amplify the viewing party experience by adding two additional areas for fans to watch the game - one next to Bliss Dance and the other near the North Doors of New York-New York next to Beerhaus. Food and drink specials as well as a variety of games and activations will also be offered throughout The Park.

Those in attendance at the watch party will have the chance to win a variety of Vegas Golden Knights prizes. The events will feature special appearances by Chance, the Golden Aces, Knight Line presented by Drumbots and the Golden Knight. Fans will have the chance to shop Golden Knights gear from retail trucks on-site, and there will also be a face painter on-site.

If fans can't make it to Toshiba Plaza, they are encouraged to stop by Henderson Pavilion (200 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson NV) to watch the game.

The matchup information for the watch party is below:

-Sunday, May 6: Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks, 4:30 p.m. PT; watch party on Toshiba Plaza, outside of T-Mobile Arena

Taxi Squad: Vegas has recalled forwards Cody GlassKeegan KolesarStefan MatteauBrandon PirriNick Suzuki and T.J. Tynan,  defensemen Jake BischoffJason GarrisonNicolas Hague and Griffin Reinhart . They join goaltender Maxime Lagace , who is currently with the team, completing the Taxi Squad for the Golden Knights. The group will practice with the team through the remainder of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Glass joined the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves on April 17 following the elimination of his Western Hockey League team, the Portland Winterhawks, from the 2018 WHL Playoffs. Glass collected 13 points (4G, 9A) in 12 playoff games. In the regular season, the 19-year-old led the Winterhawks with a career-best 109 points and 65 assists and finished tied for sixth in WHL scoring. The Winnipeg, MB native was selected by Vegas in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Kolesar appeared in 44 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 13 points (5G, 8A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games, scoring one goal. He also appeared in 20 games with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards, finishing with 16 points (9G, 7A). The Winnipeg, MB native was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (69th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by Vegas for a second-round pick on June 24, 2017.

Matteau appeared in 60 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 27 points (15G, 12A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games, collecting one assist. Matteau appeared in eight games for Vegas this season, finishing with one assist. The Chicago, IL native was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (29th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was signed by the Golden Knights on July 1, 2017.

Pirri appeared in 57 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 52 points (29G, 23A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games. Pirri appeared in two games for Vegas this season, finishing with three goals. The Toronto, ON native was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (59th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by the Golden Knights on October 4, 2017.

Suzuki joined the Wolves on April 20 following the elimination of his Ontario Hockey League team, the Owen Sound Attack, from the 2018 OHL Playoffs. Suzuki finished the postseason with 12 points (3G, 9A) through 11 games. During the regular season, he finished as the Attack's top scorer and ranked fourth in the league with 100 points (42G, 58A). The London, ON native was selected by Vegas in the first round (13th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Tynan appeared in 70 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 60 points (15G, 45A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games, collecting two assists. The Orland Park, IL native was selected in the third round (66th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was signed by the Golden Knights on July 1, 2017.

Bischoff appeared in 69 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 23 points (7G, 16A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games. The Cambridge, MN native was selected in the seventh round (185th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 22, 2017.

Garrison appeared in 58 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 28 points (8G, 20A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games, collecting two assists. Garrison appeared in eight games for Vegas this season, collecting one assist. The White Rock, B.C. native was selected by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 22, 2017.

Hague joined the Wolves on April 3 following the elimination of his Ontario Hockey League team, the Mississauga Steelheads, from the 2018 OHL Playoffs. Hague finished the postseason with four assists in six games. During the regular season, led the Steelheads with franchise-best 78 points (35G, 43A) and earned the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded annually to the OHL's Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year. His 35 goals were the most by an OHL defenseman since 1997-98. The Kitchener, ON native was selected by Vegas in the second round (34th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Reinhart appeared in 60 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with 12 points (2G, 10A). He also played in three Calder Cup Playoff games, collecting one assist. The North Vancouver, BC native was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was selected by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft from the Edmonton Oilers on June 22, 2017.

Lagace appeared in 23 games for the Wolves this season, finishing with a 14-5-2 record to go with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. He also played in one Calder Cup Playoff game, allowing four goals to go with 72 saves in a triple overtime loss. Lagace appeared in 16 games with Vegas, finishing with a 6-7-0 record to go with a 3.91 GAA and a .867 save percentage. The Saint-Augustin, QC native was signed by the Golden Knights on July 1, 2017.

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