SAN JOSE – To say that this first round between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights has been emotional is a bit understated.
The enthusiasm that the Stanley Cup playoffs brought with it was at an all-time high for the Sharks in a blowout loss in Game 4 on Tuesday, when inability to score on Vegas keeper Marc-Andre Fleury brought their frustration over. This in turn meant that the sharks lacked the defensive discipline and led them to the penalty box.
But in their 5-2 victory over the Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday, the Sharks were at their best. Vegas has tried and tried to plunge back into the game, overcoming San Jose. In the end, the knights gave the knights no satisfaction.
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The Sharks had only four penalty minutes on Thursday, compared to 38 in the fourth game. San Jose coach Peter DeBoer criticized his team's emotional outburst in this area, and on Thursday he was much happier with the sharks' dealings with the country.
"I thought the last game became a little bit of a slide show," he said. "We talked about it and I thought we had done a better job."
After the Sharks beat 1-2 in the second half, Vegas tried to get under San Jose's skin by squeezing in front of Martin Jones a little more & # 39; Network. But instead of getting fully involved, the sharks pushed back just enough to avoid being punished, then moved on to score the next goal. Barclay Goodrow relayed shot from Justin Braun to Fleury, leading the sharks 3-1 up and a subsequent winner.
The knights were frustrated this time, especially Netminder Fleury. Tomas Hertl said after the first game that the sharks knew when they were upset with Fleury, and said after the fifth game he saw the same reaction.
Granted, he believes the sharks could improve the pressure on Fleury. "We have to be a little bit better, because he saved the last couple enormously. However, we still have to frustrate him and get harder on the net and scoring a few more goals.
While the Sharks in Game 5 have found a way to keep these emotions at bay, their work is not over yet. After forcing a Game 6, the series returns to Sin City, where the Knights have the overflowing support of their home crowd. The task of maintaining frustration continues to grow even more critical.
"Fans always help them, so we have to figure it out and be ready for it," Hertl said.
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Hertl himself told Sharks fans in the tank on his ice interview that Team Teal will be on Tuesday for a Game 7 will be in the building. Keeping your emotions in check and staying out of the penalty area will be a big key to making his prophecy a reality.
"There's no room to mess around," Goodrow said. "We need to go in with the same mindset we had tonight and come out with the victory and enforcement of Game 7 here."