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Golden Knights confident heading into Game 7 despite consecutive losses

Coach Gallant says they played 'a heck of a game' despite being defeated by Sharks in 2OT in Game 6

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights are about to add another first to their resume as an NHL team: playing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's not how they intended it to happen.

They lost 2-1 in the second overtime to the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. It was their second straight loss after winning three consecutive games.

 

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Game 7 is at San Jose on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVAS, NBCSCA, ATTSN-RM).

"Winner-take-all in Game 7," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "You get ready to play. You forget about tonight. It's over with now, and you move on and get ready for the next one. We played a heck of a game tonight. I'm proud of our guys.

"It wasn't our night, but there is still another day for us, fortunately. We will get ready for Game 7 and be ready to go."

The Golden Knights outshot the Sharks 59-29 in Game 6, including 44-20 through the third period.

"We're confident in the group we have here," said forward Jonathan Marchessault, who tied it 1-1 at 11:20 of the second period and has scored in three consecutive games. "We're a confident group and a great hockey team. Just have to keep going and stick with it. I think if we keep playing the right way, like we did tonight, I think we'll get rewarded."

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm6: Marchessault pots rebound on backhand

At 91:17, Game 6 was the second-longest game in Golden Knights history. Game 2 of the 2018 first round against Los Angeles ended at 95:23 when Erik Haula scored to give Vegas a 2-1 win.

"Definitely need to take care of your body and rest," said Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 27 saves in Game 6 before Tomas Hertl's shorthanded winner. "It's a long game, it's a lot of sweat. Just do the right thing to recover."

It will be Fleury's seventh Game 7. He went 3-3 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning his past two starts (2-1 against Detroit Red Wings in 2009 Stanley Cup Final; 2-0 against Washington Capitals in 2017 Eastern Conference Second Round).

Fleury feels the Golden Knights have the right approach for Game 7.

"I think we have a great recipe to win," Fleury said. "I guess we had control of the game a lot. We had the puck a lot, created chances."

Vegas went 3-0 in closeout games in its inaugural season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, the Sharks and the Winnipeg Jets on the road before losing in five games to the Capitals in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

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