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Golden Knights defeat Sharks in Game 2, even series

Vegas scores twice shorthanded, once on power play

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

Karlsson's shorthanded goal

VGK@SJS, Gm2: Karlsson scores SHG on breakaway

R1, Gm2: William Karlsson skates in on a breakaway and backhands a shot past Aaron Dell to give the Golden Knights a two-goal lead in the 3rd

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SAN JOSE -- The Vegas Golden Knights scored two shorthanded goals and one on the power play to defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Friday.

Cody Eakin, Colin Miller, Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and William Karlsson scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for Vegas.

"It was a great start for our team tonight," Fleury said. "We came out flying. [It was] definitely different than last game. They're a great team."

 

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Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton scored for San Jose. Martin Jones allowed three goals on seven shots and was pulled 6:39 into the first period. Aaron Dell made 14 saves in relief.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is at Vegas on Sunday.

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The Sharks appeared to take a 4-3 lead 51 seconds into the second period, but the goal was nullified for goaltender interference on Couture, who was given a two-minute penalty.

"I didn't have much of a view," Fleury said. "I was looking at the puck and couldn't look to my right. The ref made the right call."

Couture did not agree.

"I haven't seen the replay yet but I thought I was outside of the crease," Couture said. "I thought Fleury kind of ran into me, but I'll have to look at it. Tough way to lose."

Stone scored on the ensuing power play at 1:31 to give Vegas a 4-3 lead.

Karlsson scored shorthanded at 7:35 of the third period for the 5-3 final.

Eakin gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead 58 seconds into the first period. Miller scored shorthanded at 4:37 to make it 2-0, and Pacioretty extended the lead to 3-0 at 6:11.

"We were down 3-0 [6:11] in," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of pulling Jones. "I didn't put it on [Jones]. We needed a shot in the arm to change our momentum."

San Jose scored three goals in 2:09 to tie it. Couture scored 4-on-4 at 16:59 to make it 3-1, Hertl scored a power-play goal 39 seconds later to make it 3-2 at 17:38, and Thornton tied it 3-3 at 19:08.

"I don't think the intermission could've come at a better time,"said Stone, whose three goals lead the NHL. "To be able to get in the locker room, control our emotions a little bit, get out there and get back to what we do, no matter how you get there, the game is still tied in the first period on the road. Yeah, we gave up a three-goal lead, but we're still in a good spot."

The Sharks became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to tie a game in the first period after trailing 3-0.

San Jose was 1-for-8 on the power play after going 1-for-5 in Game 1. Vegas is 2-for-7 in the series.

"Special teams were the difference," DeBoer said. "It's hard to win this time of year if you don't win the special teams. When you give up the first three goals of the game and lose that battle you're playing with fire. That was disappointing."

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They said it

"It wasn't a great start, obviously. You hope to get a save or two and we're right in that game. It's what we expected. We knew they were going to have some jump. We did a great job responding, but not the start we wanted, obviously." -- Sharks goalie Martin Jones

"So good. He's the backbone of this team. He stepped up there in a couple of kills, made some big saves that were the difference in the game tonight. It wasn't a perfect game but having [Fleury] back there always gives you the confidence that you can win a game." -- Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty on Marc-Andre Fleury

 

Need to know

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left at 1:06 of the second period after deflecting a shot from Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore. DeBoer did not have an update. … Jones has been pulled five times in 14 starts against Vegas. … Fleury won his 76th postseason game, moving within one of Mike Vernon for seventh all-time. ... Vegas' losing streak in the postseason ended at five games. They lost four consecutive games in last season's Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals, and Game 1 on Wednesday. ... Miller replaced Nick Holden in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 1.

 

What's next

Game 3 of Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSCA, SN, SN360, TVAS, ATTSN-RM)

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