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Sharks get teeth kicked in by Knights
Vegas runs roughshod on SJ in 7-3 win
3/18/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks completed about as bad a home stand as they come on Monday night. San Jose ended their third consecutive game at SAP Center in flaming dumpster fire fashion, losing 7-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks were outscored 15-7 in that three game tilt, but none was worse than Monday night's disaster. San Jose surrendered 3 power play goals to a team that hadn't scored multiple goals on the man advantage since December.

The game was reminiscent of the playoff series that propelled the Knights to the Western Conference Finals last season, and ended the Sharks season. San Jose had no answer for a Knights team that scored at will and in every facet of the game.

Things started promisingly for the Sharks when Logan Couture scored 30 seconds into the game. The Sharks swarmed the Vegas zone off the opening faceoff, which resulted in a pair of quick scoring chances by Couture, but he just missed on those opportunities. He wouldn't fail on the third chance, which was created when Brendan Dillon fired a pass to Couture on the doorstep. The Sharks centerman gathered a rebound of his initial attempt then slid it around Malcolm Subban's left pad.

The Knights responded 3 minutes later when William Karlsson converted his 20th goal of the season. Timo Meier was tasked with holding the blueline, which he whiffed on miserably, allowing Karlsson to skate on a breakaway chance. Logan Couture tried to back check, but his diving stick wave actually knocked the puck right to Karlsson's stick, allowing him to slip it past Martin Jones for the 101 tie.

Mark Stone gave the Knights the 2-1 lead on a power play goal at 5:48 after Micheal Haley was sent off for interference. The Knights rushed up the left wing, drawing the Sharks defense tot he strong side. Couture was caught in no-man's land when Reilly Smith sent a pass across the slot to a trailing Stone for the one-time deposit.

Joe Thornton caught Subban napping midway through the period, when he carried a puck up the right wing before cutting across the high slot and snapping a 60 foot shot that seemed to surprise the Knights goaltender. Subban tried waving his glove at the shot, but it eluded him for Thornton's 16th goal of the season.

San Jose may have given the game away with 7:36 left in the period when Jones overplayed an attack by Jonathan Marchessault on the left side, allowing the Knight forward to snap a snot across the goalmouth for his 23rd of the season.

Peter DeBoer had enough of the Sharks goaltending or soft defense, and pulled Jones. Aaron Dell replaced Jones, and held the fort for the remainder of the period.

The Sharks found themselves in the penalty box for a fifth time in the game when Joe Thornton was called for interference at 10:46 of the period. Vegas converted when Paul Stastny punched home a chance from the doorstep to make it a 4-2 Knights lead.

Smith made it a 5-2 game when he scored from a tight angle on the right side. The Knights worked the puck across the sharks blueline then Karlsson spun a backhand pass form the slot to the right corner for the quick shot attempt. Dell tried flailing his glove hand out to stop the attempt but it was well short.

A Colin Miller high sticking penalty midway through the period setup a power play goal by Couture to cut the Knights lead to a pair of goals. The Sharks forward snapped a shot from the high slot, beating Subban for his second score of the game.

The Knights tacked on two more goals just for the heck of it. Jonathan Marchessault scored an empty net goal after DeBoer somehow felt his team had a comeback in them. Cody Eakin would then add another power play goal after Barclay Goodrow was sent off for slashing late.

Game Notes:

* Joe Pavelski was a scratch for what is believed to be a possible knee injury that he sustained against Nashville on Saturday night. Pavelski was checked awkwardly into the boards, and it appeared that his leg was caught as his body twisted into the boards. It was the first injury related scratch for Pavelski since 2011.

* Reilly Smith was named first star after posting a career high 4-point game. Smith scored a goal and added three assists.

* The setback was especially disturbing given that the Knights played on Sunday night while the Sharks got an extra day of rest. Vegas played a much more aggressive game, taking advantage of the Sharks absence of hitting.

* Logan Couture scored his 500th career point.

* Colin Miller was the only Knight not to register a shot on goal for Vegas. Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault combined for 16 shots on goal.




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Scoring
1 2 3 T
VGK 3 1 2 6
SJ 2 0 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 25 (Dillon, Nyquist), 0:30. 2, VGK, Karlsson 20 (Marchessault, Smith), 3:37. 3, VGK, Stone 32 (Smith, Marchessault), 5:48, (pp). 4, SJ, Thornton 16 (unassisted), 9:54. 5, VGK, Marchessault 23 (Smith), 12:24.
2nd period - 6, VGK, Stastny 10 (Pacioretty, Miller), 12:21, (pp).
3rd period - 7, VGK, Smith 15 (Karlsson), 0:43. 8, SJ, Couture 26 (Burns, Labanc), 10:55, (pp). 9, VGK, Marchessault 24 (Schmidt, Engelland), 17:39, (en). 10, VGK, Eakin 19 (Theodore, Schmidt), 18:22, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Haley, SJ (interference), 5:24; Marchessault, VGK (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:04; Labanc, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:04; Haley, SJ (roughing), 15:23; Bench, SJ (too many men), 17:08; Tuch, VGK (holding), 18:53.
2nd period - McNabb, VGK (cross checking), 1:44; Kane, SJ (high sticking), 3:26; Holden, VGK (high sticking), 6:57; Thornton, SJ (interference), 10:46.
3rd period - Miller, VGK (holding), 2:28; Miller, VGK (high sticking), 10:34; Goodrow, SJ (slashing), 18:11.
 
Goaltending
Shots Saves
VGK - Subban 39 37
SJ - Jones 11 8
SJ - Dell 30 27
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VGK 16 14 12 42
SJ 9 13 17 39
Power Play Conversion
VGK 3 of 6
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Reilly Smith
Jonathan Marchessault
Logan Couture
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,487
Officials
Referees: Rank, Schlenker. Linesmen: Galloway, Nansen.
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