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Vegas at San Jose
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, May 6, 2018
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The Golden Knights can add another accomplishment to what is already the most successful inaugural season in NHL history when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Sunday with a chance to wrap up their Western Conference semifinal series. Vegas shrugged off a 4-0 loss to San Jose in Game 4 with a 5-3 victory in Game 5 on Friday to take a 3-2 series lead and will try to avoid a Game 7 at home Tuesday.

"It was good to win in front of our crowd, knowing that for sure we're going to get another crack at it no matter what,'' the Golden Knights' David Perron told reporters after recording two assists Friday. "At the same time, we've got to try and find a way to close it next game." The Sharks scored three straight goals in the third period to make it 4-3 with 4:16 remaining Friday before Jonathan Marchessault's empty-netter sealed the verdict with 1:21 left, and hope to carry that momentum into Game 6. "It's not over yet," San Jose's Tomas Hertl told reporters. "We've got a home game now. We have to take it and start right away, and I believe we'll come back for Game 7." Sharks goaltender Martin Jones was yanked after rookie Alex Tuch scored his second goal of Game 5 at 8:36 of the third period to make it 4-0 and must improve on his .886 save percentage in the series to send it back to Sin City.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS: Tuch has three goals and two assists in the series and shares the team postseason lead with four goals while Marchessault and Reilly Smith boast a team-best 10 playoff points apiece. William Karlsson (four goals, nine points) has been kept off the scoresheet for the last two games despite recording five shots on goal in each contest after recording three goals and four assists in the first three games of the series. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 14 goals in the last four games with a save percentage of .925 versus San Jose after stopping 127 of 130 shots in the first round versus Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Hertl scored in each of the last three games - all at even strength, giving him a team-high six playoff goals. Logan Couture has five assists in the last two games and owns a club-most 12 postseason points. Couture, Evander Kane and Marcus Sorensen each have four postseason goals with Couture scoring twice and Kane and Sorensen once apiece versus Vegas.

OVERTIME

1. D Luca Sbisa (plus-1, six hits, 17 minutes of ice time) and C Oscar Lindberg (plus-1, assist, four shots on goal) made their playoff debuts for the Golden Knights in Game 5 with Sbisa playing for the first time since Feb. 27.

2. San Jose D Brent Burns, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, has two goals and three assists but is a minus-4 in the series after finishing plus-2 in the first round and minus-16 during the regular season.

3. The Game 5 winner in a best-of-seven has won the series 78.9 percent of the time, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Golden Knights 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vegas 58-25-5-3 W1 33-10-2-1 25-15-3-2 14-1-1-1 44-24-4-2 27-7-4-0
San Jose 51-29-8-3 L1 28-13-3-1 23-16-5-2 8-2-1-0 43-27-7-3 27-7-3-1
Last Meeting
Vegas San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
5/4/18 SJ 3 VEG 5 39 27 1-4 30 34 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vegas J. Marchessault 2
San Jose L. Couture 3
Goals Player  
Vegas A. Tuch 2
San Jose M. Boedker 1
Assists Player  
Vegas D. Perron 2
San Jose L. Couture 3
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 27
San Jose M. Jones 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 89
San Jose B. Burns 75
Goals Player  
Vegas W. Karlsson 47
San Jose L. Couture 38
Assists Player  
Vegas D. Perron 57
San Jose B. Burns 60
Saves Player  
Vegas M. Fleury 1647
San Jose M. Jones 1861
Quickchart Matchup
Vegas Off vs  San Jose Def
3.23 GF
2.74 GA
32.8 Shots
30.6 Shots
60 PP
42 PK
San Jose Off vs  Vegas Def
3.04 GF
2.66 GA
33.2 Shots
31.2 Shots
64 PP
50 PK