Event Name: San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Location: SAP Center: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Hosted by: San Jose Sharks Hockey
Just over five minutes into the game, Joe Pavelski tipped a shot from Brent Burns to put the Sharks on a 1-0 lead. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are known for their puck possession but during first period, they had some trouble. Thirteen minutes into the first period, the Sharks were out shooting the Golden Knights 12-0.
At fourteen minutes, the Golden Knights first shot of the game rebounded and Erik Haula tapped home the rebound shot beating Martin Jones through five-hole and tied the game at 1.
Whatever the Golden Knights lacked in the first period, they found it in the second period. On the very first shift, William Karlsson shoved home a rebound in the crease giving the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead. Past half way through the second period, Chris Tierney drew a holding penalty. On the power play, Timo Meier scored as he crashed the net and tied the game at 2.
Seven minutes into the third period, Tomas Hertl drew a high sticking penalty. On the power play, Burns skated low with the puck to the bottom of the right circle and made a perfect cross-crease pass to Pavelski and he one-timed a shot to top shelf giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead. This lead only lasted two minutes. Burns stepped up to Brayden McNabb and missed which left McNabb wide open and he wristed top shelf to tie the game at 3.
With less then five minutes left in the third period, a defensive breakdown between Justin Braun and Brent Burns led to James Neal scoring the fourth goal, giving the Golden Knights 4-3 lead. As the clock winded down, Jonathan Marchessault scored on a empty net.
Final score 5-3 Golden Knights.
Tonight the Sharks led in shots (38-33), face-offs (55%-45%), blocked shots (14-11), and giveaways (6-2) while the Golden Knights led in hits (18-10). Both teams tied in takeaways at 8.
3 stars of the game:
First Star: Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury
Second Star: Knights – David Perron
Third Star: Sharks – Brent Burns
San Jose Sharks take on Edmonton Oilers on Saturday 2/10/18 at the SAP Center.
INDTVUSA Staff Writer