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Morning Skate Report: April 21, 2019

Round 1 Game 6: Golden Knights vs. Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights have an opportunity to eliminate the San Jose Sharks on home ice in Game 6 at 4 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights lead the series, 3-2. Fans can catch the game locally on AT&T SportsNet, FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460. Out-of-market fans can see the game on NBCSN.

NOTES
Sunday's game is the sixth of the best-of-seven series between Vegas and San Jose. The Golden Knights advance with a win while a San Jose victory sends the series back to SAP Center for Game 7.

This is the first opportunity for the Golden Knights to win a series on home ice in franchise history. Vegas is 3-1 all-time in games they can eliminate an opponent.

FAN FESTIVITIES
Starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Toshiba Plaza will feature multiple events and activities including:

  • VGK weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals. 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
  • 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 will receive a battle towel presented by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Note: no chairs, coolers, wagons or motorized vehicles are permitted on Toshiba Plaza during Golden Knights home games

LAST TIME OUT
The Sharks returned to what made them successful in Game 1 as they claimed a 5-2 win in Game 5. Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks while Logan Couture, Barclay Goodrow and Joe Pavelski added a goal each. Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault each scored a power-play goal to give Vegas some life, but it was not enough as San Jose forced Game 6.

SERIES STANDOUTS
Mark Stone: Despite a scoreless Game 5, Stone is still tied with Pacioretty for the league lead in points with 10 (6G, 4A).

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty also went without a point in Game 5 but has 10 points (4G, 6A) in the series.

Paul Stastny: Stastny has centered Vegas' most efficient line and has posted eight points (2G, 6A).

Erik Karlsson: Karlsson leads all skaters in the playoffs with seven assists.

Tomas Hertl: Hertl scored twice in Game 5 and is San Jose's leading goal-scorer with four tallies in the series.

THE SERIES SO FAR
The winning team in each game through five games has scored five-or-more goals. There hasn't been any overtime, nor has a team won a game by less than two goals. For such evenlymatched teams, the scores have been uncharacteristic of the tightly contested games.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Play Fast: San Jose wants Vegas to fall into its physical, clunky style of play. If the Golden Knights can play with the speed, they played with in Games 2, 3 and 4, they'll advance.

Stay Out Of The Box: Penalties have been a theme all series for both teams. If Vegas can allow cooler heads to prevail during after-the-whistle scrums, it will lead to more 5-on-5 hockey during which the Golden Knights have outplayed the Sharks in the series.

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