San Jose Sharks get chomped by Las Vegas Golden Knights in overtime

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San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 31-of-32 shots faced through two periods, keeping the Golden Knights in the game until they found their offense.

Fleury was impossible to solve, as he has been in these playoffs so many times.

The Golden Knights converted on Tomas Hertl's second-period roughing penalty, and would not relinquish the lead.

Sharks: There wasn't much Martin Jones could have done on either of Vegas' power play goals in the second period, but he allowed at least three goals for the third consecutive game. Rask deserved no criticism after the way he has played in the first two games of the second round against the Lightning. Kane sniped a shot into the short side top corner, beating Marc-Andre Fleury's glove hand to cut the Sharks' deficit to 3-2.

Despite Schmidt's huge goal, the Golden Knights would lose their first game of the 2018 playoffs, falling 4-3 in double overtime.

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Once again, the Knights played like no expansion team ever before. But an apparent miscommunication between Paul Martin and Brent Burns near the defensive blue line left Jones on an island and presented Vegas' leading scorer with what amounted to a penalty shot chance. "We need traffic, we need second opportunities, and when guys do get those open looks, we've got to start putting them in the net". "But I think in the third period, the referee did a really good job to call everything and even against us, I think they did a good thing for that".

Before the goal could even be announced over the loud speakers at SAP Center, Reilly Smith scored the Golden Knights' third straight goal to give Vegas a two-goal lead entering the final period.

Brent Burns planted a flawless pass on Kane's stick and he knew what to do with it, as his whistling wrister evaded Fleury up high on the glove side. This series has the juice to go seven games, but that relies on the Sharks playing their best game on Wednesday. The Sharks didn't do that - the third period and overtime was hardly their best hockey, but they showed guts and grit in tying the game and pushing for the victor in the extra frame. Hertl attempted a stuff shot in close, was denied but stayed planted in front of the net. If Vegas chooses to rest him, however, the team might go with Malcolm Subban (15-7-2 record, .910 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Sharks are listed as a -135 favorite to win on the moneyline.

The San Jose Sharks will look to take a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday when they host them as home favorites at the sportsbooks for Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round National Hockey League playoff series.

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