Vegas coach Gerard Gallant like to say he rolls out four lines indistinguishable of each other, but the Knights beat San Jose 5-3 on Friday night because the sort of secondary scoring that has been difficult to discover of late came through.
The Golden Knights pressured San Jose into mistakes and it helped the Knights win Game 5, 5-3, and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.
San Jose seemed surprised by the Golden Knights’ early aggressiveness and ended up allowing one goal too many in a 5-3 loss at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.
Minority owner Gavin Maloof says, “We might as well go for it,” now that the Golden Knights are deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Alex Tuch scored two goals and James Neal, Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault netted one each as the Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The series is currently even, with both teams winning two games apiece.
The Golden Knights haven’t finished their extraordinary run into the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the team has already sold out its season tickets for next year.
Defenseman Luca Sbisa played his first game of the playoffs Friday and first since injuring his right hand Feb. 27.
It has been 28 years — 27 if you count the Rebels’ return to the Final Four in 1991 when they lost to Duke — since a local sports team has captivated and galvanized Las Vegas in the manner of the Golden Knights.
The city of Henderson will host a free watch party on Sunday when the Vegas Golden Knights continue their Stanley Cup playoffs run.