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Morning Skate Report: March 6, 2021

Golden Knights and Sharks close weekend set at SAP Center

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (15-4-1) look to add to their five-game win streak as they visit the San Jose Sharks (8-10-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center.

NOTES
Vegas and San Jose square off for the third time this season Saturday night. The Golden Knights are 2-0-0 against the Sharks.

The Golden Knights have won five games in a row for the first time this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet (pregame show at 7 p.m.)
Radio: FOX Sports Las Vegas 98.9/1340 (pregame show at 6:30 p.m.)

LAST TIME OUT
Max Pacioretty scored in the second minute of overtime to push the Golden Knights past the Sharks, 5-4, on Friday night at SAP Center. Goals from Reilly Smith, Chandler Stephenson and Pacioretty opened a 3-0 lead for Vegas, but consecutive goals from Brent Burns and Matt Nieto brought San Jose to within one through 40 minutes. Alex Tuch's goal 26 seconds into the third period gave the Golden Knights a 4-2 edge, but Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored to tie the game. Alex Pietrangelo set up Pacioretty for the game-winning goal 1:25 into the extra session.

TOP PERFORMERS
Mark Stone: Stone's performance this season has him atop the team chart with 26 points (5G, 21A).

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty's 20 points (12G, 8A) rank second on the team.

Alex Tuch: Tuch's recent hot streak has him tied for third on the team with 17 points (10G, 7A).

2019-20 SEASON SERIES
Vegas and San Jose have met just once this season when the Golden Knights picked up a 3-1 win on Feb. 13 at SAP Center. Jonathan Marchessault, Stone and Stephenson provided the offense for Vegas in the win. Max Pacioretty was the hero in overtime Friday night as Vegas defeated San Jose for the second time this year, 5-4.

OPPOSITION UPDATE
San Jose has struggled to find its stride this season and has lost five of its last seven games. Logan Couture is the focal point offensively for San Jose with 20 points (12G, 8A) in 20 games. Evander Kane ranks second on the team in scoring with 19 points (8G, 11A).

WESTERN ROUNDUP
Vegas Golden Knights (15-4-1), 31 points
St. Louis Blues (14-8-2), 30 points
Minnesota Wild (13-7-1), 27 points
Colorado Avalanche (13-7-1), 27 points
Arizona Coyotes (10-10-3), 23 points
Los Angeles Kings (9-8-5), 23 points
San Jose Sharks (8-10-3), 19 points
Anaheim Ducks (6-12-6), 18 points

VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM SCRATCHES
Stay tuned to the Golden Knights on Twitter for updates on the lineup.

KEYS TO THE GAME PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
Captain Production: Mark Stone has nine points (1G, 8A) in his last three games. He will be the go-to guy once again Saturday night against the Sharks.

Rivalry Renewed: The rivalry between Vegas and San Jose picked up where it left off last game as players from both sides renewed their animosity for one another. The Golden Knights will want to ride the emotions to another win.

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