The Sharks fell behind by two goals in the first 12-plus minutes of the first period and never totally recovered as the Golden Knights earned a physical and often nasty 6-3 win in Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena to take a 2-1 series lead.
The tweet was extremely well-timed because the first episode of season 8 of "Game of Thrones" was airing on HBO Sunday night, the same time the game was being played. The Golden Knights proceeded to score once each in the second and third periods to put it away.
"We found a way to get a couple goals early, and we carried the momentum a lot", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the playoffs on the power play 39 seconds later on assists by Karlsson and Couture. The series continues Tuesday in Game 4 back in Vegas, and the Vegas offense could light up the San Jose offense again, as their goaltending is really struggling right now. Cody Eakin opened the scoring 58 seconds in off a Max Pacioretty pass to make it 1-0. Pacioretty pushed the advantage to 3-0 at the 13:49 mark on an assist by Paul Stastny.
Stone got to work right from the first puck drop, netting a wide-open goal 16 seconds into the first period for his fourth of the series. Assists went to Stastny and Alex Tuch.
After getting outplayed in Game 1, the defending Western Conference champs have used their physicality to dominate the last two games, outhitting the Sharks 46-31 in Game 2 and 56-42 in Game 3. Defenseman Shea Theodore had three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves. San Jose would tack one on late in the period to cut the lead in half 2-1. Game 4, scheduled for 730p.
Las Vegas has been fantastic at home since entering the league and this line seems about accurate, but let's not dismiss the fact the Sharks' offense can carry them in any game. San Jose has played well lately as a road dog and I'm looking for the same tonight.