Knights beat Sharks 5-4 in OT; Pacioretty with game winner (again)

Golden Knights

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights recovered after allowing a bizarre tying goal late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Friday night.

Pacioretty converted off a pass from Alex Pietrangelo to beat Devan Dubnyk 1:25 into overtime to end a wild game that gave Vegas a five-game winning streak.

The Sharks had tied the game with 1:07 left in regulation came after Brent Burns’ clear attempt bounced toward goalie Oscar Dansk as Kevin Labanc came rushing toward him. Dansk tried to knock the puck away, but didn’t make clean contact and it hit off Labanc’s stick and went into the open net to tie the game.

The Golden Knights had led 3-0 after knocking out Martin Jones early in the second and went back up 4-2 early in the third when Alex Tuch scored 24 seconds after the bad blood between Vegas and San Jose led to a spirited fight between Vegas’ Ryan Reaves and San Jose’s Kurtis Gabriel.

The Sharks carried a grudge coming into the game after Jonathan Marchessault injured defenseman Radim Simek with a couple of hard hits in the first meeting of the season last month.

There was some expected chippiness that eventually led to the fight at the opening faceoff of the third period with Reaves getting the best shot in late in the tussle. Reaves left the game later in the third with an apparent leg injury.

The Golden Knights delivered another blow on the shift following the fight when Tuch scored on a one-timer to make it 4-2 with his sixth goal in the past six games.

Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson also scored for Vegas. Dansk made 25 saves in his first start since 2019 and earned his first win since Oct. 27, 2017.

Brent Burns, Matt Nieto and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who have dropped four of five to start their seven-game homestand. Martin Jones allowed three goals on eight shots before getting pulled early in the second. Dubnyk stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief but took the loss.


The Sharks got on the board in the second period thanks to a replay review on a power play. Burns’ point shot hit the post and then went into the net before bouncing directly out. The official on the ice didn’t notice and play continued for 24 seconds until the horn blew with the replay center in Toronto calling for a replay. The officials took a look and ruled it a good goal to cut Vegas’ lead to 3-1 and they put the 24 seconds back onto the clock.


The Golden Knights scored twice in a 75-second span of the first period to take the lead. The Sharks left Smith alone at the side of the net on the first goal and William Karlsson slid a pass to him through the crease to make it 1-0.

Stephenson added to that lead a little over a minute later off a nice setup from Mark Stone, who has 20 assists in 20 games this season.


Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen was placed on the COVID-19 list before the game. Sorensen had taken part in practice on Thursday but was added to the list shortly before faceoff. He’s the second San Jose player currently on the list with forward Tomas Hertl going on it Feb. 24.


The teams wrap up the back-to-back set on Saturday night in San Jose.

This post will be updated throughout the game

PRE GAME: Knights goalie Oscar Dansk will make his 5th NHL start tonight. He is 3-1 all-time in the NHL. Knights play the Sharks again tomorrow night, so it’s likely Marc-Andre Fleury will start that game.

FIRST PERIOD: Knights Reilly Smith (4) scores his first goal in 10 games. Assists to William Karlsson (11) and Jonathan Marchessault (8) . KNIGHTS 1, SHARKS 0, early in first period.

1:15 later Knights Chandler Stephenson (7) scores with assists from Mark Stone (20) and Max Pacioretty (8). KNIGHTS 2, SHARKS 0 midway through first period.

KNIGHTS 2, SHARKS 0 after one period. Shots on goal: Sharks 9, Knights 6.

SECOND PERIOD: Knights Max Pacioretty (11) scores his first goal of the season on the road. Assist to Alec Martinez (9). KNIGHTS 3, SHARKS 0 early in 2nd period. Sharks make a change in net.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (5) scores on the power play. Assists to Ryan Donato (6) and Timo Meier (11). KNIGHTS 3, SHARKS 1. midway through second period.

Sharks Matt Nieto (4) scores with an assist to Erik Karlsson (5) at 12:43 into the period. KNIGHTS 3, SHARKS 2.

KNIGHTS 3, SHARKS 2 after two periods. Shots on goal: Sharks 20, Knights 18.

THIRD PERIOD: Alex Tuch (10) scores :26 seconds into the period. Assists to William Carrier (2) and Keegan Kolesar (4). KNIGHTS 4, SHARKS 2 early in period.

Sharks Logan Couture (12) scores with a wrist shot. Assists to Erik Karlsson (6) and Kevin Leblanc (9) . KNIGHTS 4, SHARKS 3 midway through the period.

Sharks Kevin Lablanc (5) scores late in the period. Assists to Brent Burns (8) and Logan Couture (9). KNIGHTS 4, SHARKS 4, headed to overtime.

OVERTIME: Max Pacioretty (12) gets his third OT goal this season. Assists to Alex Pietrangelo (7), Mark Stone (21).


Shots on goal: Sharks 29, Knights 27.

Rematch tomorrow in San Jose.

Vegas Golden Knights (14-4-1, first in the West Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (8-10-2, seventh in the West Division)

San Jose, California; Friday, 7:30 p.m. PST

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas will attempt to keep its four-game win streak going when the Golden Knights take on San Jose.

The Sharks have gone 8-10-2 against division opponents. San Jose has surrendered 17 power-play goals, killing 76.7% of opponent chances.

The Golden Knights are 14-4-1 against opponents in the West Division. Vegas ranks sixth in the league averaging 5.7 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 1.0.

In their last meeting on Feb. 13, Vegas won 3-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Logan Couture leads the Sharks with 19 points, scoring 11 goals and collecting eight assists. Evander Kane has five goals and five assists over the last 10 games for San Jose.

Stone leads the Golden Knights with a plus-12 in 19 games this season. Alex Tuch has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sharks: 4-5-1, averaging three goals, 4.7 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game with an .880 save percentage.

Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 2.9 goals, five assists, 2.9 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .937 save percentage.

INJURIES: Sharks: None listed.

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner: out (upper body).

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