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Karlsson, Golden Knights defeat Sharks in OT in Game 3

Forward scores at 8:17 to give Vegas Western series lead

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- William Karlsson scored at 8:17 of overtime, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Monday.

Karlsson scored on a rush from the right circle and beat Martin Jones to the upper left corner.

"I got a couple of seconds to take my time and just get away with the shot," Karlsson said. "Yeah, it was a good shot."

 

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Vegas leads the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is here on Wednesday.

Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists, Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, and Colin Miller scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves for his 68th Stanley Cup Playoff victory, tying Andy Moog for 10th place on the NHL all-time list.

Sharks center Logan Couture had a chance to win it at 3:10 of overtime when he took a pass in the low slot from Joe Pavelski, but Fleury made a glove save.

"I was looking at the guy with the puck," Fleury said. "I just tried to follow the pass and get out there a bit and I had a little time to react on it. It was a good feeling."

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl knocked in a loose puck from in front of the crease with 1:57 remaining in the third period to tie it 3-3. Justin Braun and Kevin Labanc had the assists.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Hertl ties it up late in the 3rd

"I think we're getting better every game in the series," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think that's a good thing. I think every game our game is building. We're getting better. I think we're realizing what we can do that works against them. There's a lot of hockey left to be played."

Evander Kane brought the Sharks within 3-2 at 7:49 of the third period with an elevated wrist shot from the right circle to the short side. Kane returned after serving a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face in Game 1.

"I thought we carried the play for most of the game," Kane said. "We did a lot of good things. We let our foot off the gas for about four minutes there."

Vegas scored three goals in a span of 4:46 in the second period to take a 3-1 lead before surrendering two goals in the third.

"I think we responded good," Neal said. "I think we can be better, for sure. I really liked our response. I like that we won that game right now. It says a lot about our group. It's tough giving up two goals at the end and then they come back."

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Smith nets Karlsson's crafty deflection

San Jose took a 1-0 lead at 6:59 of the second period when Timo Meier scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.

Miller tied it 1-1 on the power play at 9:40. Neal sent a sharp-angle pass from the goal line to Miller, who scored from below the left circle with a wrist shot to the short side.

Marchessault put Vegas ahead 2-1 at 13:09 with a power-play goal. He took a pass in the left circle from Alex Tuch and shot to the short side.

Smith made it 3-1 at 14:26 with a backhand into an open net. From just to the right of the crease, Karlsson redirected Marchessault's shot behind his back, and the puck bounced off Jones to Smith on the back side.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Neal sets up Miller for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Karlsson's goal at 8:17 of overtime.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Karlsson wins it in OT for Vegas

 

Save of the game 

Fleury's save on Couture at 3:10 of overtime.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Fleury robs Couture in overtime

 

Highlight of the game 

Marchessault's goal at 13:09 of the second period.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm3: Marchessault nets one-timer for PPG

 

They said it

"Probably his biggest yet. He's very clutch. He's a guy with a great shot. I see him every day in practice and I know how hard it's coming." -- Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on William Karlsson's goal in overtime

 

"We're down 2-1. It doesn't matter how you got there or what the score was in any of the games, we're down 2-1 and we've got a big game in a few days." -- Sharks center Logan Couture

 

Need to know

Smith and Karlsson are the second set of teammates in NHL history to each have a point streak of five games or longer in their team's first playoff appearance. Smith (goal, eight assists) has a six-game streak, and Karlsson (four goals, five assists) has a five-game streak. Dave Lowry (five goals, five assists in seven games) and Jason Woolley (two goals, five assists in five games) did it in 1996 with the Florida Panthers. ... Couture and Marchessault each had seven shots. … Meier had a game-high eight hits. … Vegas went 2-for-6 on the power play, San Jose 1-for-4. … Jones made 29 saves.

 

What's next   

Game 4 of Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS)

 

Video: Karlsson's OT goal gives Golden Knights series lead

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