The Sharks on Sunday night avoided elimination for the second straight game in dramatic fashion, beating the Golden Knights 2-1 in double overtime of Game 6 in this Western Conference quarterfinal before what ultimately became a despondent 18,458 fans at T-Mobile Arena.
Tomas Hertl promised fans in San Jose the team would be back for a Game 7, then went out and scored the first short-handed goal in a multiple overtime game in NHL playoff history to beat the Golden Knights 2-1 on Sunday.
The Knights had allowed only seven short-handed goals in their two-year history prior to Sunday and none in the postseason.
The crowd of more than 18,000 at T-Mobile Arena cheered loud and proud Sunday, seemingly trying to will the Vegas Golden Knights to a game-winning goal.
The Knights outshot the Sharks 59-29, outhit them 80-39 and won 56 percent of their faceoffs but still lost 2-1 in double overtime in Game 6 Sunday.
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at SAP Center.
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal in the second overtime as the Sharks beat the Golden Knights 2-1 Sunday at T-Mobile Arena and force Game 7 in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Golden Knights can clinch a postseason series at home for the first time in franchise history when they host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.