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Golden Knights go on road against Sharks

Fans send team off ahead of Game 3 in Western series

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- A large contingent of fans gathered outside City National Arena to help send the Vegas Golden Knights off to California for the second time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Fans were chanting and flags waiving every time a player left the Golden Knights' practice facility. Even a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer took a fan's flag from near the barricade and drove around with it on his motorcycle.


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The crowd started gathering at 11:30, about an hour before players began leaving the facility and 14 hours after the Golden Knights lost 4-3 in double overtime against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is at SAP Center Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

As the series shifts to San Jose, Vegas will look to continue its success on the road, where it went 22-14-5 in the regular season and won both games against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.

"We've has a pretty good run so far this season," goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. "I feel like we won't change our way to do things, whether it's home or road. I don't think anyone's worried about going on the road."

But the Golden Knights, who won 7-0 in Game 1, are coming off a loss for the first time in the playoffs following five consecutive wins. 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: The team send-off is underway! ��Bye bye Reilly ��

Vegas built an early lead in Game 2 after William Karlsson scored his second goal of the game 26 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0, but San Jose responded with three straight goals, including two from defenseman Brent Burns, to take a 3-2 lead.

Nate Schmidt tied it 3-3 at 13:28 of the third period before Jonathan Marchessault appeared to win it for the Golden Knights at 16:58 of the first overtime, but the goal was overturned after the Situation Room determined Marchessault interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.

"It's one of those things," said forward Erik Haula, who scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 2 against the Kings. "I just feel bad for [Marchessault]. I know the high you get from scoring the goal. To go down from that and try to regroup. … I'm sure that's going to give him good fortune going on from the series."

Logan Couture scored the winning goal for the Sharks on a power play at 5:13, eight seconds after Golden Knights defenseman Jon Merrill was called for hooking.

Tweet from @DannyWebster21: Golden Knights fans are waiting outside City National Arena to send the team off to San Jose. A Metro officer took a flag and rode around with it. #VegasBorn

In total, Vegas committed 11 penalties in Game 2, its most in the playoffs, something it will look to cut down on as it looks to Game 3.

"We can't take those penalties," defenseman Shea Theodore said. "When you're in the box for a good portion of the night, it's not going to go well.

"I think we got a little too confident after Game 1. We came out a little slow in Game 2. We just have to fix that and focus on a good start for Game 3."



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