Vegas Golden Knights win in OT, leading series 2-1
May 01, 2018 3:00 AM
by Nick Pellegrino
A note to Nevada sports books: on a day when the wagering tickets were on the Vegas Golden Knights by at least a 3-to-1 margin (some reported 4-to-1), the local hockey team corrected many of their mistakes from a double-overtime loss in Game 2 to bounce back and take Game 3 in another overtime thriller.
William “Wild Bill” Karlsson, demonstrating the shooting ability of an Ol’ West gunman, placed a perfect shot over the right shoulder of San Jose goalie Martin Jones, giving the Knights a 4-3 triumph over the host Sharks at SAP Center on Monday,
Karlsson’s shot, which allowed Vegas to reclaim the best-of-7 series lead at 2-1, hit the bottom of the joint where the goal post and crossbar meet, ricocheting in the net behind Jones.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves for his 68th Stanley Cup Playoff victory, tying Andy Moog for 10th place on the NHL all-time list. Several came in the opening five minutes, when San Jose dominated play, yet could come away with a 1-0 lead.
Vegas scored the next three goals, but Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl responded for the Sharks in the third period, including the game-tying goal with 1:57 remaining.
Knights Knotes – Projections for the Game 4 line may be near pick’em, but San Jose is already (over?) tinkering with its lineup. Along with sitting blue-liner Brenden Dillon, effectively giving the Sharks just five in the back with Jones, San Jose coach Peter DeBoer also removed Chris Tierney from their top line of Joe Pavelski and Kane.