Vegas on Monday night grabbed back control of its Western Conference semifinal against San Jose by outlasting the Sharks 4-3 in overtime at the SAP Center.
The Golden Knights and San Jose move a best-of-seven playoff series to SAP Center for Game 3 on Monday, this after a double-overtime game was highlighted by one of the more debatable calls in hockey.
Vegas for much of Saturday night tried to be something it’s not and paid an ultimate price, a 4-3 double-overtime loss to San Jose in Game 2 of a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.
The 21-year-old forward is very much part of the narrative that has Vegas in the Western Conference semifinals, where it leads San Jose 1-0 in a best-of-seven series and hosts Game 2 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
Marc-Andre Fleury is 5-0 in the postseason for the Golden Knights, the goaltender having stopped 160 of 163 shots in 330 minutes.
James Neal is back winning in the playoffs — he has 84 postseason games on his NHL resume — and is again among those counted on to lead Vegas against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.
There is a saying that the only permission, the only validation, the only opinion that matters in a quest for greatness is our own, and it’s one Vegas seemed to adopt as the wins piled up this season.
It’s too bad because just when you thought momentum had swung back to a healthier version of athletes caught doping and legitimately punished in the battle against performance-enhancing drugs, backbones became brittle yet again.
It’s not that the Golden Knights general manager lacks all emotion, but his is obviously a mandate built on inferred expectations.
Vegas won its best-of-seven playoff series by defeating Los Angeles 1-0 on Tuesday night before an announced gathering of 18,422 at Staples Center.