Wild Bill gives Vegas a 2-1 series lead with an overtime win in Game 3
The story of the Vegas Golden Knights continues, they split their home games with the Sharks and had one job to do now heading to San Jose. Take one in San Jose, well mission accomplished. As Vegas won 4-3 in overtime off their leading regular-season goal scorers stick, Wild Bill (William Karlsson). This game was much like the first two, back and forth, intense and not one team had the clear edge over the other. To the action…
The first remained scoreless with plenty of opportunity for both teams but Marc Andre Fleury for sure held Vegas in that first period as they got outshot 16-10 in the first. To start the second San Jose scored in the first 7 minutes, Timo Meier scored his 2nd of the playoffs from Tierney and Boedker, a line that has been producing for San Jose all playoffs now. It was not long until Vegas answered back though, 2:10 later Colin Miller scored on the power play to tie the game at one. A slam dunk shot from Miller, from a beautiful pass by Neal and 1-1 it is. Moments later, Jonathan Marchessault scores in the wheelhouse for every NHL player it seems on the power play as he just rifled one home on the knee, 2-1 Vegas. And just a minute and change later, Riley Smith gets a nice bounce for the puck to land on his stick for a wide open net. 3-1 Vegas, as they head into the third…
The 3rd was all San Jose as they scored two goals to tie the game and push it to overtime. The Sharks two third period goals came off the sticks of two top producers for them and guys that have been making a playoff name for themselves now. To make it 3-2, Evander Kane collected the puck right above the left faceoff circle as the penalty was expiring and Vegas was scrambling for positioning, Kane gets a nice feed from Burns for an absolute whistle over Fleury’s glove side shoulder. The third goal and tying goal was due to Tomas Hertl and his puck pursuit. With just 1:57 to go in the game, the Sharks pressing Vegas in the offensive zone Hertl works the puck to the front, scrum in front, pucks loose, Hertl somehow finds the puck and smacks it home for a 3-3 game.
The overtime period would last just 9 minutes, as William Karlsson came flying down the left side, right before Burns gets a chance to get his stick in the lane Karlsson let it fly, an absolute bullet and an overtime winner, and a Vegas series lead at 2-1. Still, one more to play in San Jose until they head home, but now the pressure is now on San Jose in a MUST win game four.
Point 4-point night pushes Tampa over Boston in Game 2
The Lightning got off to a much better start in this game compared to game one. In game one they lacked front net presence, grit and shots on net. They did everything they didn’t do in game one and put it to action in game two. A very gritty, tough game for both teams, but the Lightning late third-period goal from Ondrej Palat would be the deal breaker as they now tie the series at 1-1. Now head to Boston for two games.
The first was really all Tampa Bay as Boston did not get a shot on net in the first 13 minutes, and Tampa really pushed the play and put a lot of pressure on Boston. The Lightning got a great power play from Yonni Gourde, from Point and Sergachev. Gourde left all alone to the right of Rask, finds a Points pass across the crease for a 1-0 Lightning lead. Moments before the period ended and the Bruins few scoring chances, again Bergeron makes a no-look pass to rushing defenseman Charlie McAvoy for a tie game. The second only consisted of one second period goal, off Tyler Johnson’s stick but all due to the work of Brayden Point. Point caught McAvoy down in the play, late in his shift, and just beat him to a loose puck race. As he was able to get the puck over to Johnson for a 2-1 Tampa lead.
The third consisted of three goals, two from Tampa and one from Boston. The Lighting leading 2-1 already extended their lead to 2 with an Ondrej Palat whistle over Rask’s glove side and the eventual dagger in the Bruins side for the night. The Bruins did manage to score a late third-period goal from Torey Krug, but it was not enough to get momentum and make a push. Brayden Point collected his fourth point of the night as he scored the empty netter and put the cherry on top for a 4-2 Tampa win.