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Morning Skate Report: April 12, 2019

Round 1 Game 2: Golden Knights at Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

After falling 5-2 in Game 1, the Vegas Golden Knights look to even their first round series against the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SAP Center. The game will air locally on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460. Fans outside of the Las Vegas market can tune into NBCSN for the game.

Friday's game is the second of a best-of-seven between the Golden Knights and Sharks. Vegas trails San Jose, 1-0, heading into Game 2.

Vegas has an all-time record of 2-2 during the second game of a playoff series.

Fans at Friday's event will be able to experience game two playoff action at Topgolf Las Vegas, featuring a chef-driven menu, new craft beer lounge and more than 300 TVs throughout the venue, including four 28 ft. x 50 ft. screens in the outfield and a 14 ft x 48 ft screen in The Toyota Yard. Topgolf will host various games and contests for signed Vegas Golden Knights memorabilia, selling Golden Knights merchandise, and giving the first 50 fans in attendance a free Vegas Golden Knights T-shirt. Anyone interested in a bay reservation at Topgolf can contact 702-954-5161.

In Game 1, the feeling out process between the Golden Knights and Sharks lasted 14 minutes before Joe Pavelski opened the scoring. Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic bolstered the San Jose lead to 3-0 in the second period before Mark Stone buried his first playoff goal in a Vegas uniform. A late goal from Evander Kane in the second period gave the Sharks a 4-1 advantage heading into the third period. Stone scored again for Vegas but it was not enough as Tomas Hertl's empty-net goal sealed a 5-2 win for the home team.

Mark Stone: Stone netted both goals in Game 1 for the Golden Knights and was a focal point of the Vegas offense.

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty assisted on both of Stone's goals in Game 1.

Evander Kane: Kane helped lead the charge for the Sharks in the opening game with one goal and one assist.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Vlasic's goal in Game 1 stood as the game-winner for San Jose. He also added an assist for a two-point night.

Vegas ran into some penalty trouble in Game 1 on Wednesday that made it difficult for the team to find its rhythm. San Jose received production from its top players and that allowed them to keep adding to their lead as the series kicked off.

Earn The Split: The Golden Knights do not want to return to Vegas in a 2-0 hole in the series. A win Friday night is key as the Golden Knights aim to battle back in the series.

Test Jones: San Jose goalie Martin Jones only saw 10 shots through two periods Wednesday night. Though the Golden Knights put 16 shots on him in the third period, he wasn't tested enough during the game. Vegas knows it needs to turn offensive zone time into shots on net.

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