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Morning Skate Report: April 23, 2019

Round 1 Game 7: Golden Knights vs. Sharks

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights meet the San Jose Sharks in a pivotal Game 7 at 7 p.m. PT Tuesday night at SAP Center. The best-of-seven series is tied, 3-3. Fans can watch the game on AT&T SportsNet or listen on FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 and ESPN Deportes 1460. Fans out of the Golden Knights market can tune in on NBCSN.

NOTES
Tuesday's game marks the first Game 7 in Golden Knights history. San Jose is 6-4 all-time in Game 7s.

The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to host the Colorado Avalnche in the second round of the playoffs.

San Jose Head Coach Peter DeBoer confirmed that Martin Jones will start in goal for the Sharks. 

FAN FESTIVITIES
The Vegas Golden Knights will host a watch party for Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Toshiba Plaza, located outside T-Mobile Arena, on Tuesday, April 23.

The cost of admission is free, and fans are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to watch the game on the large screens outside T-Mobile Arena. As a safety measure, coolers (hard or soft) and outside unopened beverages are not allowed onto Toshiba Plaza.

Those in attendance at the watch party will have the chance to win a variety of Vegas Golden Knights prizes. The first 500 people at the event will receive a battle towel. The event will also feature special appearances by Chance, the Golden Aces, Knight Line presented by playMGM, Knights Guard presented by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and a Vegas Golden Knights in-arena host. Fans will have the chance to shop Golden Knights gear from retail trucks on-site.

The game starts at 7 p.m. PT, and Toshiba Plaza will open at 5 p.m. Parking options will be available at New York-New York Hotel & Casino for $15.

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

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Knights recorded a franchise-best 59 shots on goal in Game 6 at T-Mobile Arena, but fell in double overtime, 2-1. Jonathan Marchessault scored his third goal in as many games for Vegas. Logan Couture netted his fourth goal of the series and Tomas Hertl potted his fifth goal of the postseason at 11:13 of the second overtime.

SERIES STANDOUTS
Mark Stone: Stone has gone scoreless in the last two contests but continues to lead all players in the playoffs with 10 points (6G, 4A).

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault has scored in three consecutive games and has taken 15 shots in the last three outings.

Tomas Hertl: Hertl's five goals lead the Sharks in the series and his game-winning goal in Game 6 forced Game 7 in San Jose.

Martin Jones: Jones stopped a franchise-record 58 shots during Game 6 including 15 shots in overtime.

THE SERIES SO FAR
The Golden Knights had a chance to close out a series on home ice for the first time in franchise history on Sunday night and, despite playing well enough to win, they were beaten in the 92nd minute of the game. Both teams will be hungry to end the back-and-forth series with more hockey ahead of them.

FROM THE ROOM

Cody Eakin: Stay alive or go home. It should be exciting and fun. As hockey players, this is what it's all about. We want to bring our game tonight and play our most complete game as a team. We want to be the ones still standing at the end.

Gerard Gallant: We've been in this building a lot and we've had some success. Our team is used to it, we're more worried about getting out to a good start and playing our game. 

Peter DeBoer: When you get to this point in a series against a team, you know each other's tendencies and you know what's working and what isn't working. Now, it's about energy, execution, bounces, saves, penalties and all the little things that go into a game like this.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Throw The Stats Out: What's happened to date in the series doesn't matter anymore. If the Golden Knights can ignore what happened in Games 5 and 6, it will help them reset mentally for Game 7.

Win The Goaltending Battle: In Game 4, Marc-Andre Fleury blanked the Sharks in a 5-0 win. In Game 6, Martin Jones was the difference with 58 saves. The seventh game of the series will be heavily influence by whichever goaltender handles the pressure best.

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