Golden Knights survive late Sharks attack to take 3-2 series lead

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Alex Tuch scored twice to lead Vegas to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, giving the Golden Knights a 3-2 series lead in their conference semifinal.

Fleury made 30 saves and Vegas failed to convert on all five power-play chances while losing for the second time in eight games this postseason. "It was a strong game by everyone".

Per the NHL: "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that between Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault and Jones prevented him from his job, in accordance with Rule 78.7".

Kevin Labanc, Tomas Hertl and Mikkel Boedker all scored in the third period, with Hertl's goal at the 11:44 mark of the third cutting Vegas' lead to 4-2. The Sharks didn't go away scoring three straight to make it very interesting, but a late Marchessault empty netter sealed it.

"I wasn't too happy with a lot of it to be honest with you", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "They get exhausted and you wear them down". "They're all big. Obviously, it was nice to be home and get that win". Aaron Dell came on and stopped all six shots he faced.

LAS VEGAS - Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance. They could have easily let this game slip away if Fleury wasn't as sharp in net for them early on. "I think we played well enough to win all of the first three, but tonight? No". Keep him in your lineup for as long as the Sharks still have games to play in the playoffs. "Tonight we came out for 50 minutes and played our best hockey and really set the tone". We always give it to each other back and forth.

Jones made clutch stops earlier in the first on Neal, Ryan Carpenter and William Karlsson, as he ended up stopping 14 of 15 shots in the first period. Vegas went up 3-0 because Erik Haula was left to roam free, which happened a lot. Jones was helped on a delayed penalty when Brent Burns cleared a puck off the goal line and when James Neal hit the post on a power play in the first period.

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Tuch's goal proved to be an ever-important, being the fourth strike in what ended up being a 5-3 win and a 3-2 series lead for Vegas.

Tuch pushed the lead to 4-0 with an exquisite tip over Jones' glove at 8:36 of the third, while ending the night for Jones. Even though San Jose was able to cut their deficit to 4-3, they were unable to complete the comeback.

With a little more than four minutes left in the game, and Fleury sprawled out in front of the net behind a slew of traffic, Boedker picked up a loose puck and lifted it over the pile to make it 4-3.

San Jose and Vegas return to action Sunday May 6 at SAP Center. When that score is within two or three, you're feelin' it.

"We got caught a little bit sleeping in the first period and they took advantage", Marchessault said. "I think every line wants to take the responsibility of making sure that we're not getting scored on when we're out there and tilt the ice in their favor".

A record 18,693 filled T-Mobile Arena for Game 5.

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