Am I insane to think San Jose is going to bounce back strong with a win here? "We weren't good. They beat us".
How The Sharks Win San Jose's offense wasn't much to write home about for much of the season - middling at the best of times in the early going - but the addition of Evander Kane at the trade deadline seemed to give the Sharks' attack the jolt that it needed.
The game drew a 0.65 overnight national rating, up 35% from the first late-night Round Two game in 2017. He also blanked Los Angeles 1-0 in Game 4 of the first round. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each chipped in with three assists.
The Sharks are in Vegas Thursday night for Game 1 of their Round 2 matcup with the Golden Knights. "Hopefully that'll be us".
"I think the two best players in this series, as least for me coming in after the first round", DeBoer said, "are the two goalies". It has now outscored its opposition 14-3 in five games. I thought we went to the net well. "They're feeling good about their game, and we're going have to be at our best". Vegas scored five on San Jose in less than 25 minutes to open Game 1.More news: After 35-year hiatus, ABBA announces new music
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It was the Sharks' worst loss in playoff history.
Vegas had 15 takeaways, San Jose had six.
"We had a laundry list of issues", coach Peter DeBoer said.
"You know, it's pretty special", he said. "It's on us to respond now".
Eakin's goal was just the start of the nightmare first period. He anchors the penalty kill, which finished 12th in the National Hockey League during the regular season (81.4 percent) and is first in the playoffs (94.4 percent). Historically a strong playoff performer, sporting a career.931 save percentage in 36 appearances, Jones turned in a stunning performance in the opening round, allowing only four goals against. Although Vegas was unable to capitalize on the opportunity, they would seconds after the powerplay ended. Goaltending can steal games and, in rare cases, an entire series, and Jones will need to be sharp against a high-octane Vegas attack. Then, defenseman Shea Theodore chased Jones with a goal 3½ minutes into the second period.