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

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

Here's a closer look inside the defeat that puts the Sharks' season on the brink.

Many doubted the Golden Knights' playing style would translate to the postseason, especially against an experienced-veteran team in the Los Angeles Kings, but they promptly swept them in four games. Tuch's goal proved to be an ever-important, being the fourth strike in what ended up being a 5-3 win and a 3-2 series lead for Vegas.

"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.

"I don't what is the issue, but we have to be ready", Hertl said. Vegas set the tone in the first period, outshooting the Sharks 15-7, outhitting them 26-14, and taking a 1-0 lead.

Marchessault added an empty-netter to an assist Friday, as his side bested San Jose by a 5-3 count in Game 5.

Vegas' top line also. Labanc's power play goal at the 9:35 mark of the third spoiling the shutout bid. We have a home game and we have to take it and start right away. "It's just one game, obviously we had to win it, but it's one game".

Martin Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury have both had moments of sheer brilliance in this series.

"We competed harder all over the ice", Couture said. "We got into some penalty trouble at the end and gave them a chance to get back in the game". "We just come to work, do the best we can and hopefully that's good enough to win".

Now they've got less than 48 hours to get everything corrected if they want to keep their season alive.

Unlike the first game of this series, which saw the Golden Knights become the third National Hockey League franchise to score at least seven goals in a playoff game during its inaugural season, Game 2 was much more physical, something that seemingly took Vegas out of its rhythm in the second period. After the chance, Vegas denied the Sharks any chance, repeatedly sending the puck deep into the San Jose zone. And after being whistled for 10 penalties in first series-opener, as opposed to Vegas' five, the Golden Knights found themselves in the box more than San Jose, 11-6. However, I can't turn down Vegas and the plus money. "I think we had one penalty and they had seven, so I wasn't too happy". Moving on to Game 5 both teams will look to their goalies to continue their outstanding playoff performances.

Starting with their first game on October 6 in Dallas, you can argue Vegas has won every pivotal game in its path.

Tomas Hertl cut Vegas' lead in half just over two minutes later and Mikkel Boedker got the Sharks within one.

Jones, after coming off a superb effort in Game 4, was equally fantastic and on two of the first three goals he really had no chance.

Fleury's best stop came on Boedker, as Couture intercepted a puck behind the Vegas net.

Three minutes later, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead after he snagged the puck off a faceoff, circled the back of the net and tucked it in on a wraparound.

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