SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks had relied on their penalty kill all season.
It bailed them out of hassle time and time once more.
But San Jose’s six penalties proved expensive in a Four-3 extra time loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Monday.
Vegas leads the best-of-7 sequence 2-1. Game Four is right here Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).
During the common season, the Sharks had been 84.eight p.c on the penalty kill, second in the NHL behind the Los Angeles Kings (85 p.c), and went 10-for-12 (83.3 p.c) in the primary spherical against the Anaheim Ducks.
However, on Monday, Vegas was given too many possibilities in Game 3 and located just a few openings, going 2-for-6 on the ability play.
“At the end of the day, it probably cost us,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski stated. “They’re a good team over there. They figured it out a little bit. Maybe a couple too many easy ones.”
Said Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, “At the end of the day, that’s kind of been our bread and butter this year. We’ve been really able to rely on that, and I think maybe we’re taking that a little bit for granted and just got to get back to what makes us successful.”
Less than a minute after Timo Meier scored to present the Sharks a 1-Zero lead at 6:59 of the second interval, Dillon dedicated a holding penalty which led to Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller scoring on a one-timer on the ability play to tie it 1-1 at 9:40.
Later in the interval, Golden Knights ahead Jonathan Marchessault scored to make it 2-1 at 13:09 on one other one-timer on the ability play after Tomas Hertl was referred to as for roughing at 12:47.
Reilly Smith scored 1:17 later to present the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead heading into the third interval.
“They feel good about their game when they’re making plays and that’s when we took some undisciplined penalties,” Sharks ahead Logan Couture stated.
San Jose had few solutions for the Golden Knights high line of Smith, William Karlsson (who scored the game-winning purpose at eight:17 in extra time) and Marchessault, which mixed for seven factors (three objectives, 4 assists) in Game 3.
“They’re quality players,” Dillon stated. “But I think for us, we’ve got a game plan, but I don’t think we’ve completely executed it yet. We’re kind of doing it in bits and pieces.”
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer didn’t suppose the penalties had been the one situation Monday, declaring that that they had dominant stretches in the primary interval however could not rating, one thing they might want to repair forward of Game Four.
“To come out of that first period 0-0, we need to find a way to get the lead,” DeBoer stated. “We’re chasing the sport the entire sequence right here. Even when we’ve got a fast begin like tonight, [Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury] is shutting the door and discovering the way in which to allow them to cling round till they’ll get one thing going, which is what occurred.
“They received an influence play in the second and received rolling a bit of bit. I feel our sport is in a very good place. Just a type of video games we’re doing quite a lot of good things, however by means of the three video games we’re chasing the sport each night time. We’ve received to discover a approach to get out in entrance.”
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