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Golden Knights aim to extend win streak vs. Sharks
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
- Vegas has won all six meetings with San Jose this season, including a 3-2 shootout victory at home on Monday. The Golden Knights have won nine of the 10 regular-season meetings dating back to the start of last season; five of those meetings -- including each of the last three -- have been decided by one goal.
- Monday marked the Sharks' sixth straight loss (0-5-1) following wins in four of their previous five games. San Jose has lost seven straight within a single season just twice in the last 15 seasons - they lost seven in a row in February 2013 and again in March 2019.
- One game after breaking Gordie Howe's record with his 1768th career game, Patrick Marleau will become the fourth player in NHL history to skate in 900 consecutive games, joining Doug Jarvis (964, 1975-87), Garry Unger (914, 1968-79) and Keith Yandle (912, 2009-Active). Yandle reached his 900th consecutive game on March 27 this season.
- Vegas has won seven straight, tied for the third-longest winning streak in franchise history and the longest since an eight-game streak from February 13-28, 2020. Their next win would tie the franchise record, matching that February 2020 run and an eight-game streak from December 14, 2017 to January 2, 2018.
- Mark Stone scored two power-play goals in Monday's win for his fifth straight multi-point game -- he has five goals and five assists in that span. He's the 11th skater this season to have a five-game span with 5+ goals and 5+ assists, and just the second from the Honda West Division (Mikko Rantanen, Col).
- With a win, the Golden Knights would become the first team in the NHL this season to clinch a playoff berth. It would be Vegas' fourth playoff berth in as many seasons, making them the first franchise to qualify for the playoffs in their first four seasons in the league since the Oilers' 13-season run from 1979-80 to 1991-92.
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The Vegas Golden Knights are looking to make it eight wins in a row as they host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
Vegas rallied to defeat San Jose 3-2 in a shootout on Monday. The Knights trailed 2-0 early in the second period when Mark Stone cut the lead in half with a power-play goal at the 1:22 mark.
Stone then tied the score at 2-2 with another power-play goal at the 3:29 mark in the third period. Alex Tuch scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Knights (32-11-2, 66 points) the victory over the Sharks (18-22-5, 41 points).
While Stone's two goals extended his points streak to five games (five goals, five assists), the Knights' captain was more focused on his team's ability to rally and put another tally in the win column.
"We're trying to find ways to win in different ways," Stone told reporters after Monday's game. "(That's) what the best teams do. ... You've got to find ways to win in crunch time, and I think we've done a good job of that in the last stretch."
Not to say that the Sharks made the Knights' job easy. San Jose goalie Martin Jones made 38 saves Monday as the team in front of him tried to solidify a win on a night when Patrick Marleau set the record for the most games played in NHL history.
After the game, Sharks coach Bob Boughner said he was happy with how his team responded to a night filled with so much emotion, especially against a tough team such as the Knights.
"I was extremely pleased," Boughner said. "We know (Vegas) was the hottest team in the league. There was a lot of emotion in this game and a lot on the line. We wanted to make sure we honored Patty the way we could. That was by playing hard as a team."
Even though the Sharks got one point out of Monday's game, they are desperate to turn their fortunes around. San Jose has dropped six straight games dating to April 10, with their most recent win occurring April 9 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Even the excitement and fanfare surrounding Marleau's big milestone hasn't erased the Sharks' frustrations this season.
"You want things to be going well," Marleau said last Saturday after the Sharks dropped a 5-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild. "You want your team to win all the time, regardless of milestones.
"It'd be nice to get back on track and feeling good about ourselves as a club," he continued. "We've (played) at times some pretty good hockey. The right way to play. We have to make sure we do that for a full 60 minutes."
Wednesday's game will be the seventh of the season between the Sharks and Knights. Vegas leads the season series 6-0-0.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 20, 2021