Knights hold off Sharks, lead series 3-2

Couture's goal in 2OT lifts Sharks past Vegas in Game 2

Couture's goal in 2OT lifts Sharks past Vegas in Game 2

San Jose rallied from two goals down in the second period to take the lead, before Vegas tied it in the third.

With the score even at 0-0, it looked like the game would be put on the shoulders of either Jones or Fleury.

San Jose pressed and nearly tied the game on several occasions until Jonathan Marchessault finally gave his team the insurance goal on an empty-netter with just over a minute left.

Jones, after coming off a superb effort in Game 4, was equally awesome and on two of the first three goals he really had no chance. "They're all big. Obviously, it was nice to be home and get that win". "We were tighter, our team game was better, we were better in every situation, and I knew we would be". Game 6 is at San Jose on Sunday. Conversely, in Games 2 and 4, Marchessault couldn't crack the Sharks' defense, and not coincidentally, those were the two games Vegas lost.

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Jones made clutch stops earlier in the first on Neal, Ryan Carpenter and William Karlsson, as he ended up stopping 14 of 15 shots in the first period. After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Deryk Engelland behind the net, rather than covering it up. He fed Boedker in front for a point blank chance, but his shot was gloved by Fleury, who finished the first with seven saves.

Immediately following the play, Theodore was called for cross-checking Hertl up high.

Per the NHL: "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that between Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault and Jones prevented him from his job, in accordance with Rule 78.7".

"We play against really good players, you're not going to completely shut them down in a game", Couture said Wednesday morning of the responsibility he and linemates Hertl and Boedker usually face.

Vegas tacked on two more goals in the second period, increasing their lead to 3-0 and making it look as if another blowout was set to take place. Even though the Sharks shut out Vegas 4-0 in Game 4, the trio still combined for 11 shots on goal. "Their backs are against the wall so they're going to be do or die. For us, if we're playing against them tonight, try and force them to defend, play in the d-zone".

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The expansion Golden Knights have taken the league and their hometown by storm in their first season.

It was especially confounding for the Sharks because they felt as though they had shed some of the bad habits that surfaced in Game 1, a 7-0 loss.

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"I just think we want to win", James Neal said.

The Golden Knights steamrolled the Coyotes 5-2 in the emotional home opener on October 10 and blasted Winnipeg 5-2 on November 10 to stop the bleeding following a rough road trip and the loss of their top three goaltenders. They brought their A-game.

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