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Fleury makes 34 saves in 800th NHL game, Golden Knights top Sharks

Nosek has two goals, assist to help complete home-and-home sweep

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves in his 800th NHL game, and the Vegas Golden Knights completed a home-and-home sweep of the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 win at SAP Center on Friday.

"It doesn't erase what happened last spring, but it feels good," Fleury said in reference to losing to San Jose in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round in April. "We had all summer to think about these two games. Four points on them already is a good thing."

Tomas Nosek had two goals and an assist, and Mark Stone had two assists for Vegas, which scored twice shorthanded and had three shorthanded goals in the two games.


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"I've never had a three-point game in the NHL," Nosek said. "I'm happy for the win and happy for the three points."

Barclay Goodrow scored, Martin Jones allowed four goals on 23 shots in two periods and Aaron Dell made five saves in relief for San Jose, which was outscored 9-2 in the sweep.

"We drew a very good team, maybe the best team in the West right out of the gate, and they showed us how it's supposed to look," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We've got some work to do."

Video: VGK@SJS: Nosek follows play, taps in rebound

William Carrier gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 5:01 of the first period, and Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 at 14:09.

Brayden McNabb extended the lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 15:22 of the second period before Nosek made it 4-0 at 16:50.

"We played great," McNabb said. "We just have to move on. We've got a bunch of good teams coming up."

Nosek scored shorthanded at 9:10 of the third for a 5-0 lead. He said he believes the move from wing to center is paying off.

"I played there for my whole career pretty much," said Nosek, who is playing with Carrier and Ryan Reaves on the fourth line. "I just had to adjust here in Vegas because we had so many great centermen."

Video: VGK@SJS: Stone feeds Nosek for his second goal

"He had a real good training camp for us, and he's turned it over to the regular season too," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's strong, strong on the puck, and is doing a good job with those two big boys on the wing."

Goodrow scored at 14:05 for the 5-1 final.

"I don't think anyone in here is proud of their performance, the way we've played or the way we've started this season," Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said. "But there's no need to panic. We're two games in."


They said it

"They're reading off each other and feeling really good about each other right now. It's confidence. You can say it every night about [Reilly] Smith and [William] Karlsson the way they kill penalties. They're real good and they get opportunities every night." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant after San Jose went 0-for-5 on the power play

"I don't know what is happening right now but it's on us. We again barely played in the offensive zone. It's not about the young guys, it's about the top guys, me and the other guys. We have to step up and be there, especially on the power play. Three shorties in two games just can't happen." -- Sharks forward Tomas Hertl

Video: VGK@SJS: Marchessault redirects goal in front


Need to know

Karlsson was minus-4 in 27:12 after missing the opener Wednesday to be with his wife, who gave birth to a daughter Thursday. … Sharks rookie defenseman Mario Ferraro had an assist for his first NHL point. … Sharks forward Evander Kane served the second game of a three-game suspension for physical abuse of officials. … Fleury is the 16th goalie to play 800 NHL games and the second active behind Henrik Lundqvist, who is 12th with 858. … Fleury made 19 saves in the third period. … Vegas scored multiple shorthanded goals in a game for the first time in history. … Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague played 13:57 in his NHL debut. … The Golden Knights improved to 7-1-2 against the Sharks in the regular season.


What's next

Golden Knights: Host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, NESN, NHL.TV)

Sharks: At the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Video: Nosek scores pair of goals in Golden Knights' 5-1 win

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