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Labanc's bizarre goal helps Sharks force OT against Vegas originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The first contest of the Sharks' two-game series with bitter rival Vegas Golden Knights brought the intensity, emotion and drama we've come to expect when these two teams are on the ice.
A hard-fought battle between San Jose and Vegas featured nine goals, an extra period and a fight (of course), though the Sharks would eventually fall 5-4 in overtime.
While Vegas controlled the majority of the game, the Sharks were resilient and erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to knot the game at four apiece. The game-tying goal came down to just before the final minute and it was far from your normal score.
Brent Burns' clear attempt bounced near goalie Oscar Dansk, and while Dansk was able to put his stick on the puck, Kevin Labanc rushed in and sent it into the net for the Sharks' fourth goal of the game.
It was quite an emphatic, albeit bizarre, goal for San Jose, although their excitement ultimately would be short-lived.
Alex Pietrangelo connected with Max Pacioretty, who ripped his second goal of the game past Devan Dubnyk 1:25 into overtime, extending the Golden Knights' winning streak to five games.
Still, after trailing the Golden Knights 3-0, it was remarkable enough the Sharks were able to claw back into contention. The overtime loss surely was deflating, but San Jose should have even more motivation to even the series Saturday.