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Sharks shut out Golden Knights in Game 4, even Western series

Jones makes 34 saves; San Jose penalty kill goes 5-for-5

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Martin Jones made 34 saves for the San Jose Sharks in a 4-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Wednesday.

 

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The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at Las Vegas on Friday.

"I know we're getting better every game," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "So I know we're going to get off the plane in Vegas and we're going to play a good game, and it's going to take a real good game to win in there. We're going to have to win a game in there in order to win the series."

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Jones stops 34 en route to shutout

Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi scored 4:17 apart late in the first period to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

It was Jones' sixth career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, second this year.

"Good game from everybody," said Jones, who made 25 saves in a 3-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the first round April 12. "Probably our most complete game of the series, I thought. We're trying to carry this over to next game. It will be tough. They've been tough games. We just need to make sure we have the same mindset for 60 minutes that we did tonight."

The San Jose penalty kill was 5-for-5 after allowing two goals in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 on Monday.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for Vegas.

"They came ready to play and they were fired up," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "They just had a little more than we did. They did a good job. They competed real hard tonight."

Sorensen, a fourth-line wing, gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 15:37 of the first period with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Skating right to left through the slot, Sorensen was tripped from behind, but he beat Fleury with a wrist shot into the right corner of the net while going face-first to the ice.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Pavelski taps home own rebound for PPG

"It was a big goal," said Sharks forward Logan Couture, who had two assists. "At the start of the game, they actually had some better looks than we did. I think they came out hard and better than we did, and then Marcus scored, and Joonas' goal was big as well. The 2-0 goal was a massive goal heading into the first intermission."

Donskoi, who returned to the top line after missing Game 3 with a lower-body injury, went end to end and beat Fleury with a snap shot from the high slot with six seconds left in the period. He skated along the left boards, cut toward the middle, and shot the puck between defenseman Brayden McNabb's legs and over Fleury's glove.

"They came with speed and cut across the middle and shoot between the D's legs," Fleury said. "I just didn't pick it up, and when I saw it, it was too late."

Hertl increased San Jose's lead to 3-0 at 5:35 of the second period when he knocked in a rebound from close range after Fleury stopped Mikkel Boedker's wraparound.

"I just tried to crash the net, and [Boedker] made a great play," Hertl said. "I got an empty net and I put it in. I should have scored a couple more."

Pavelski scored a power-play goal at 11:43 of the third period to make it 4-0.

"I think our group's done a great job all season long of dealing with adversity and injuries and everything like that," Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland said. "It's a tough one to lose today, and I think our guys will be ready to go next game.

"Going into the series you knew they were going to be a fast, relentless team, and I don't think it surprised anyone."

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Hertl knocks in rebound to extend lead

 

Goal of the game

Sorensen's goal at 15:37 of the first period.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Sorensen dekes, scores while falling

 

Save of the game

Jones stopping William Karlsson at 19:43 of the second period.

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Jones blockers away Karlsson's wrister

 

Highlight of the game

Donskoi's goal at 19:54 of the first period.

 

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Donskoi goes end to end late in 1st

 

They said it

"We didn't get enough forecheck, we didn't get enough forecheck pressure on their [defensemen]. They moved the puck real well and they skated real well. For me, the bottom line was they were a little more competitive than we were tonight. We didn't play a bad game, but we didn't play well enough to win, and they did." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

"I thought we played really well. When we make them come through us, 200 feet through all five guys, we're a lot tougher team to play against." -- Sharks goaltender Martin Jones

 

Video: VGK@SJS, Gm4: Burns clears after Jones' great save

 

Need to know

Sharks rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan made his NHL playoff debut in his first game since March 16, replacing Paul Martin in the lineup and skating with Brent Burns. Ryan played 11:55 and had one blocked shot. ... San Jose center Joe Thornton was not in the lineup after being a game-time decision. He has not played since injuring his knee Jan. 23. ... Golden Knights forward James Neal had a game-high seven shots on goal. ... Vegas was shut out for the first time since Feb. 19 (2-0 loss to Anaheim).

 

What's next

Game 5 of Western Conference Second Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS)

 

Video: Sharks shut out Golden Knights in Game 4, even series

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