As hurtful as Game 2 loss was, Knights can definitely bounce back
May 01, 2018 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
After a Game 1 demolition, the Vegas Golden Knights scored in overtime sending T-Mobile Arena into a frenzy, knowing they would be heading to San Jose up 2-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Then the referees went to the review.
As Jonathan Marchessault came around the front of the San Jose net, he caught Sharks goalie Martin Jones in the stick. Jones went to the ground; Marchessault found the loose puck and sent it into the back of the net for what everyone thought was the game-winner.
Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon trailed Marchessault but he didn’t shove the Knights forward into Jones. The San Jose goalie did go to the ground, making it the right call. Even if Jones might have embellished the contact, or it was the skate of Dillon that clipped Jones to finish the job, Marchessault made contact. Period.
Regardless, it means nothing now as Game 3 will be in the books when this issue hits the stands. With a Knights win, Game 2 is a distant memory; if it’s 2-1 Sharks in the series, the overturned goal will still be the headline topic.
Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant, classy as always, felt the overturned goal was not the reason for the loss but the play of his Knights. They were outplayed the majority of the game and were probably lucky to still be in the hunt for a 2-0 series lead.
With the split in Vegas, we now know the series will go at a minimum five games and since a theoretical Game 6 would take place this Sunday. We will talk that game as well.
Vegas at San Jose
This game will likely be decided by the result of Game 3. I feel whoever is down 2-1 in the series will come out on top to even the series. Both teams are capable of playing at a high level when needed. In my opinion Vegas should have taken Game 3 because of the controversy lighting a spark in them. SHARKS (if Vegas wins Game 3) KNIGHTS (if San Jose wins Game 3).
San Jose at Vegas
With the series all squared up at 2-2, we finally run into a well-played game defensively. As mentioned in a previous preview of the series, I expected a bunch of overs and it’s likely Games 1-4 have all gone over. For my money, picking the winner here will be the toughest bet of the series so I like the total. UNDER
Vegas at San Jose (if necessary)
Assuming the series is at 3-2, the pressure will be on the Sharks to close out the series or for Vegas for the first time all year to have their backs against the wall. Either way, I think if the Knights don’t win they will have left it all out on the ice in either scenario. As the goals start hitting the board, both teams will light the lamp. OVER