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Gameday Blog: Game 4 vs. Vegas

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by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, which will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets.

It's Game 4 tonight as the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights meet again in their second round series. The Sharks currently trail 2-1 in the series, and look to even it up tonight.

Game 3 started off well for the Sharks - the home team greatly outshot Vegas, and got on the board first for the first time in the series. But midway through the second period, the fortunes for the Sharks changed as the Golden Knights scored three goals to take a two goal lead. It was Truman Show-esque in how the goals were scored; they were all quick passes to the backdoor just above the crease. 

But like in Game 2, the Sharks didn't let a two goal deficit bother them, and scored two in the third period to tie the game - including a power move by Tomas Hertl with under 2 minutes to go to tie it at 3-3. And for the second game in a row, it went to overtime. Logan Couture almost won it again for the Sharks, thwarted only by an amazing - and frustrating - glove save by Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Golden Knights ended up winning in overtime, quieting the rocking SAP Center. But the Tank will surely be just as loud - if not louder - for Game 4 as the Sharks look to continue to improve their play in the series and tie things up.

At yesterday's optional practice, head coach Peter DeBoer wouldn't confirm any lineup decisions, just reiterating that both Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton are still day-to-day. It likely won't be until morning skate or even warmups today that we will hear about any decision. 

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

Tale of the Tide

Gameday festivities begin at SAP Center at 4PM with a free street rally held outside on Autumn St, featuring giveaways, a giant inflatable shark head, food trucks, and tons of photo ops. As with every home game, there will also be a March to the Tank from San Pedro Square Market at 5PM, where S.J. Sharkie, Jon Root, and a drum corps will lead Sharks fans from Downtown San Jose to the arena. 

Be sure to be in your seats by 6:50PM, towel in hand and wristband on wrist, to enjoy the award-winning, "gold standard" pregame show. Believe us - you don't want to miss it.

Catch the Fan 411 with in-arena host Jon Root to learn about everything going on at tonight's game.

It was an optional skate this morning, so no word out on what changes there will be in the lineup. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer termed everybody as a gametime decision, which means there will be no words as to what the lines are until 6:50PM or so.

The one confirmation, however, is that Martin Jones will be back between the pipes. 

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