Sharks outlast VGK in overtime
For the second time in as many games, the Vegas Golden Knights found themselves on the losing end of a hockey game. Thursday night, the team suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks inside the confines of the SAP Center in San Jose, CA.
“We looked out of sorts a lot of the night,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They had some pressure on us. They were skating well, reloading well. It was probably one of our poorer nights executing. It just seemed like we couldn’t get [to] attacking.”
Coming into the game, Vegas had clinched a playoff spot with Pittsburgh having defeated Nashville in regulation earlier in the evening.
As it sits right now, the Golden Knights have a record of 46-22-7 on the season with 99 points in the Pacific Division. Vegas leads the division by two points over the Oilers and by three points over the Kings.
The next time the Vegas Golden Knights will take the ice will be Saturday, Apr. 1 as they get set to square off with the Minnesota Wild inside T-Mobile Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
Saturday’s matchup will be the first of a back-to-back between the Golden Knights and Wild. This will be the second meeting of the season with the Knights taking the opener 5-1 in Minnesota back on Feb. 9.
Vegas was without defenseman Shea Theodore for Thursday’s game who did not travel with the team as he recovers from an injury. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Goaltender Laurent Brossoit got the start for Vegas Thursday night after playing in relief of Jonathan Quick Tuesday night against Edmonton. Brossoit finished with 21 saves on 25 shots faced for a final save percentage of .840.
Thursday’s game started with the first two goals coming from the Sharks to put Vegas in an early 2-0 hole within the first 15 minutes of the game.
“We just kind of got going there at the end,” forward William Karlsson said. “We got a little desperate and managed to get a goal and tie it up but until that point, it was not our best.”
VGK defenseman Nicolas Hague was able to cut it to a 2-1 game with 3:05 remaining in the first period, a score that would hold going into the second period of play.
“We’ve got some huge games coming up to solidify our spot,” Hague said.
VGK forward Ivan Barbashev tied the game at two apiece just 1:08 into the middle frame. This tie lasted for about the next ten minutes until San Jose’s Tomas Hertl regained the lead for the sharks with just over eight minutes to go in the second.
San Jose went into the third with the 3-2 lead, their second lead of the night.
Halfway through the third period, forward Michael Amadio tied the game up for the second time as he scored the third goal of the evening for the Knights.
With no scoring the remainder of regulation, we headed to overtime to settle this one.
It took just 50 seconds of overtime before forward Logan Couture scored the game-winning goal for the Sharks.