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Sharks win Game 2 against Golden Knights in 2OT

Even Western series when Couture scores second of night at 5:13 @NHLdotcom

Logan Couture scored on the power play 5:13 into the second overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is at San Jose on Monday.


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Couture took a cross-ice pass from Kevin Labanc in the left circle and beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury short side for his second goal of the game. It came eight seconds after Golden Knights defenseman Jon Merrill was called for hooking Timo Meier to give the Sharks their second power play of the second overtime.

"[Defenseman Brent Burns] did a good job getting to the middle of the ice, where you want to work the power play from," Couture said. "Kevin Labanc made a heck of a pass. I didn't think he was going to dish it over there; he even surprised me a little bit. Caught it, saw a lot of net, and shot it."

Jonathan Marchessault appeared to win it for Vegas at 16:58 of the first overtime, but the goal was overturned after the Situation Room determined Marchessault interfered with goalie Martin Jones (26 saves).

"He clipped me on my blocker side and kind of spun me around," said Jones, who was pulled after he allowed five goals on 13 shots in 23:26 in Game 1, a 7-0 loss that matched the largest margin of defeat in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Sharks history.

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm2: Couture nets one-timer from Hertl

Said Marchessault: "He is in his crease, but I'm not even in his crease too. I'm going through and working for position in front of the net, and the puck hits me. He doesn't even make the save. I guess it's a tough one."

Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt tied the game 3-3 at 13:28 of the third period with a low one-timer from the point that handcuffed Jones.

The Sharks scored three straight goals in 12:07 during the second period after falling behind 2-0.

Burns scored a power-play goal with a slap shot that deflected off Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to get San Jose to within 2-1 two minutes into the period, ending Fleury's shutout streak at 143:51.

The Golden Knights, who won their first five playoff games, had not allowed a goal since Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar scored at 17:56 of the third period in a 3-2 Vegas victory in Game 3 of the first round.

Fleury (43 saves) was putting the loss in the past before walking out of the dressing room.

"I think I have lost every way possible," he said. "It doesn't matter if you lose 1-0 or in the second overtime. A loss is a loss, and you have to move on."

Couture tied it 2-2 at 11:08 when he snapped a high one-timer past Fleury, who had a chance to freeze the puck before the goal but elected to play it. Burns gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead when he scored at 14:07, circling the net and beating Fleury with a wraparound for his second goal of the night.

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant challenged for goalie interference by Meier, but the Situation Room upheld the goal, ruling Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller caused Meier to contact Fleury.

William Karlsson scored the first of his two goals on a sharp-angled shot with 2:01 left in the first period to give Vegas a 1-0 lead. He scored again 26 seconds into the second to make it 2-0, snapping a shot from the right circle past Jones.

San Jose was 2-for-7 on the power play after going 0-for-5 in Game 1.

"If you give them chances [on the power play], they are going to bury one," Vegas forward James Neal said. "That is what happened."

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm2: Burns nets wraparound for his second


Goal of the game

Couture's goal at 5:13 of the second overtime.

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm2: Couture wins it with PPG in 2OT


Save of the game

Jones stopping Neal at 14:14 of the first overtime.

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm2: Jones stones Neal on the doorstep


Highlight of the game

Schmidt's goal at 13:28 of the third period.

Video: SJS@VGK, Gm2: Schmidt pots one-timer to tie it in 3rd


They said it

"My confidence isn't going to get shaken from one bad game; it's not the first time I have a bad game. You put that behind you. That is why you have a routine." -- Sharks goalie Martin Jones


"It [stinks]; [stinks] for right now. First overtime, we were celebrating, and now we are not. It's disappointing; close game and we were right there." -- Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, referencing Jonathan Marchessault's overturned goal


Video: Situation Room: Marchessault's goal overturned


Need to know

The Sharks are 23-22 in overtime playoff games in their history, including 4-4 in multiple-overtime games. ... Jones, who was 2-3 in overtime playoff games with an .896 save percentage, made nine saves after regulation. … San Jose played without first-line forward Evander Kane, who was suspended one game for cross-checking Bellemare in Game 1. … Fleury allowed three goals in 356:52 to begin the 2018 playoffs before Burns' first of the night. ... The Golden Knights are the fourth team in NHL history to play multiple overtimes each of their first two OT games in the postseason, joining the Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues and New York Americans.


What's next

Game 3 of Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS)


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