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Morning Skate Report: April 14, 2019

Round 1 Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

With their best-of-seven series level at 1-1, the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks hit the ice for Game 3 at 7 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. Fans in the Las Vegas market can catch the game on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460. Out of market fans can tune in to NBCSN for the action.

NOTES
Sunday's game is the first of the series at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas and San Jose split the first two games of the slate at SAP Center.

With their win in Game 2, the Golden Knights ensured that the series will require at least five games.

Gerard Gallant confirmed that forward Nikita Gusev will join the team tomorrow. He did not confirm any lineup changes. 

Peter DeBoer confirmed that Martin Jones will start in goal for the Sharks after getting pulled in Game 2. 

FAN FESTIVITIES
Starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Toshiba Plaza will feature multiple events and activities including:

  • VGK weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals. The first two hours will be on an appointment-only basis with the last hour available for walk ups. Ceremonies are free-of-charge and available only to those 18 years or older.Knight Up Spirit Station with hair and face painting
  • DJ
  • Retail trailer
  • Unveiling of Battle Wagon powered by Zappos
  • Additional activations by Topgolf, Lotus, Toyota, GEICO and Las Vegas Review-Journal

The March to the Fortress will begin an hour before puck drop outside New York-New York and conclude in Toshiba Plaza with a performance by the Golden Aces and Knight Line. Fans in attendance at Sunday's game will receive a battle towel at their seat presented by Toyota and a light-up stick courtesy of Green Valley Grocery.

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas and San Jose put on a show in the first period of Game 2 as each team scored three goals. Cody Eakin, Colin Miller and Max Pacioretty helped the Golden Knights storm out to a 3-0 lead just 6:11 into the game. The Sharks battled back with goals from Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton in the final 3:01 of the first to tie the score at 3-3. Mark Stone scored his third goal of the series early in the second period to give the Golden Knights a 4-3 lead which they carried into the third period. William Karlsson netted a shorthanded goal to extend the Vegas lead as they held on to win, 5-3.

SERIES STANDOUTS
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights in scoring so far in the postseason with four points (1G, 3A) in two contests.

Mark Stone: Stone has scored a series-high three goals for the Golden Knights and netted the game-winning goal in Game 2.

Paul Stastny: Stastny has registered three assists in two games for Vegas and has a +1 rating.

Erik Karlsson: Karlsson has recorded a series-best four assists through two games for the Sharks.

Tomas Hertl: Hertl is San Jose's leading goal scorer in the series with two tallies. He also has one assist to his credit.

THE SERIES SO FAR
Both teams have flexed their offensive muscles through two games in the series. After San Jose put up five goals in Game 1, Vegas followed suit with five of their own in Game 2. The Golden Knights have given the Sharks 13 power plays and, while they've only scored on two of them, Vegas will want to avoid putting the Sharks on the man advantage as the series progresses.

KEYS TO THE GAME
On The Ice, Not In The Box: Vegas' penalty trouble in this series is well documented and, though the Sharks haven't made them pay each time, putting San Jose on the power play is a risk the Golden Knights don't want to take.

Feed Off The Home Crowd: T-Mobile Arena will be rocking when the Golden Knights take the ice. It's easy to get caught up in the emotion of a home playoff game and Vegas will want to harness the energy as it radiates in the building.

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