The Vegas Golden Knights take a 2-1 series lead over the San Jose Sharks on an overtime game-winner by William Karlsson.
Cinderella has not lost her glass slipper yet. Wow is the term used to best describe this team from Vegas. They did it again, folks, and now take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven second-round playoff series with the Sharks.
The Sharks owned the second period of this game and applied tremendous pressure, but it was one of those weird playoff periods where the better team found itself down at the end of it 3-1. The Sharks tied the game late in the third period on a Tomas Hertl goal, which sent the game to OT. Karlsson scored his second goal of the night at 8:17 into overtime. Here are 3 things we learned in game 3 of the series.
3 takeaways from Game 3
1. The Sharks can play with Vegas and win this series.
Looking at the box score for Game 2 says the Sharks outplayed the Knights on paper. In reality, they really did outplay them, but simply could not catch a break. In a second period that saw them dominate the puck, they somehow let in three goals.
Furthermore, the Sharks should hold their heads high as the effort was there and the outcome simply wasn’t. They should walk into Game 4 with confidence feeling like they won this game and use it to draw momentum from what looks like a team that simply may be on a historic run.
2. Karlsson is heating up, and that’s a big problem for San Jose
Wild Bill, as the fans call him, has really been the star of this Vegas team offensively all season and when looking at a preview of this series, one of those keys to them winning would be Karlsson showing up and being up to the task in Round 2.
With his two goals Monday, that gives Karlsson four for the playoffs. He’s starting to do what he has done to opposing teams all season, and if the Sharks can’t stop them, these Knights, after slaying the Kings, will have a Shark to place next to it on their mantle.
3. This series could easily go seven games.
One of the things people talk about during the playoffs is the momentum shifts. This series has had all sorts of those, and for the most part neither team looks to have been fazed by it. In 1993, a penalty issued to the L.A. Kings for an illegal stick may have cost them that series. That team could not recover from that penalty, which won the game for the opposing team.
This series has had goals get waved off and shots that looked like no goals get called goals. Each team has lost an overtime heartbreaker. After each incident, no team has looked distraught or like they have had their will broken. No, these two teams look like they will continue to battle until the end, and this one looks like it has the making of a long seven-game series.