By Jerry Feitelberg
San Jose- It was the second game of the season and the first one at home for the San Jose Sharks Friday night. The Vegas Golden Knights downed the Sharks 4-1 Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and they stopped the Sharks cold 5-1 Friday night in San Jose. The Sharks were outplayed at both ends of the ice and didn’t score until there were just five minutes and fifty-five seconds left to play in the third period. Sharks’ head coach Pete DeBoer had to be disappointed with the play of his team for the first two games of the season. The Sharks play the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Anaheim, and they are hoping to recover and get on the winning track.
The Golden Knight scored twice in the first period. With 5:01 played, William Carrier scored the Knights’ first goal of the game. He was assisted by Tomas Nosek and Valentin Zykov. Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 with a tip-in at 14:09. The assist went to Shea Theodore.
In the second period, the Sharks allowed two short-handed to goals to fall behind 4-0. The Knights’ Brayden McNabb beat Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones for the score. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith assisted. Tomas Nosek scored his first goal of the night at the 16:50 mark. Brandon Pirri and Mark Stone earned points for the assist.
Aaron Dell started the third period in goal for the Sharks. Nosek scored his second goal of the night with 9:43 played. Mark Stone picked up his second assist of the night. Nosek had quite a night with two goals and an assist. The Sharks finally got on the board with five minutes and fifty-five seconds left to play. Barclay Goodrow put a bach-handed shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for the score. After the goal was scored, three players from each team were involved in a fight. After the penalties were assessed, three Golden Knights, William Karlsson, Nicolas Hague, and Deryk Engelland were given 10-minute gross misconduct penalties. The Sharks’ Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow were also given 10-minute gross misconduct penalties. Marcus Sorenson received a two-minute penalty for roughing. The Golden Knights won the game 5-1.
Game Notes- The Golden Knights dominated the Sharks in the first two games of the season. They are starting their third season of play in the NHL, and they appear capable of continuing their excellent play. They went to the Stanly Cup finals in their first year of existence. Last year they were eliminated by the Sharks. The Sharks have work to do. They lost their captain, Joe Pavelski, to the Dallas Stars. Pavelski scored a lot of goals for San Jose, and he is missed. The Sharks will have to find a way to replace him. While it is early in the season, they cannot afford to go down 0-3 to start the year. They have players that can put the puck past the opponents’ goalie. It’s time for them to get going.