Sharks make Knights pay for penalty, clinch series in OT


Barclay Goodrow scored with 1:41 remaining in overtime and the host San Jose Sharks, who scored four goals on a five-minute power play midway through the third period, rallied to pull out a 5-4 victory in Game 7 and wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

Goodrow came in from the right circle and got around defenseman Brayden McNabb and then beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his blocker side for the game-winner.

San Jose, which overcame a 3-1 deficit for the first time in franchise history, will play the Colorado Avalanche, who eliminated the Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames in five games, in the Western Conference semifinals.

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Logan Couture scored two goals, Kevin Labanc had a goal and three assists for the first four-point game of his career, and Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for San Jose. Martin Jones, coming in off a Game 6 victory where he set a franchise record with 58 saves, stopped 34 shots.

Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson and Cody Eakin scored goals and Mark Stone and Reilly Smith had two assists apiece for Vegas. Fleury finished with 43 saves while falling to 3-4 in his career in Game 7's.

Vegas, behind goals by Karlsson, Eakin and Pacioretty, appeared to have the game firmly in control until Eakin's penalty at the 9:13 mark of the third period.

Eakin was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for a crosscheck on Joe Pavelski at the end of a faceoff that sent Pavelski pin-wheeling and ended with Pavelski smashing his head off the ice. A wobbly and bleeding Pavelski had to be helped off the ice by several players.

Couture scored just seven seconds into the penalty to cut it to 3-1, and Hertl made it 3-2 just 49 seconds later with a deflection of an Erik Karlsson shot.

Couture tied it 2 1/2 minutes later with his sixth goal of the playoffs, and Labanc then gave San Jose a 4-3 lead 28 seconds later with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Fleury on his blocker side.

It marked the first time in the series that there was a lead change and capped a span of four goals in 4:01 by the Sharks, the eighth-fastest four goals by one team in any playoff game. The four power play goals in one period also tied an NHL record.

Vegas pulled Fleury for an extra attacker with 1:59 remaining and then tied it with Marchessault's goal with 47 seconds to go off a pass from Smith to send the game into overtime.

It was the fourth straight game that Marchessault had scored a goal.

--Field Level Media

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