Unlike all three periods of game three, the Golden Knights were unable to score in the first minute of game four. Instead, it took all of 1:11 to score their first goal. The goal came on a great drop pass from Stone who then cleared a shooting lane for Pacioretty to send it home. Despite the early goal, the Sharks were the more aggressive team through most of the period. Marc-Andre Fleury was brilliant, however, and kept the Sharks off the scoreboard. The Golden Knights had 3 penalties in the period, and the Sharks had two, but both teams were perfect on the PK. In the closing minute of the period the Knights Shea Theodore put a fantastic move on Burns and Dillon giving the Knights a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The goal was assisted by Pacioretty and Smith, and chased Jones from the game for the second time in the last three games.
The Sharks started the 2nd period with Arron Dell in net, but he wouldn’t fair much better than Jones did. 11:51 into the period, Brenden Dillon was called for a high stick that sent Colin Miller to the ice putting the Knights on their 3rd power play of the night. :42 into the power play, Max Pacioretty came through with a goal following his own rebound off the glove of Dell. The goal was assisted by Theodore and Stone. Fleury was again brilliant in net as Vegas carried the 3-0 lead into the second intermission
As the third period got underway, Joe Pavelski was called for interference on Mark Stone. The Sharks were able to kill the penalty, but couldn’t keep the Golden Knights off the board for long. Following a great stick raise by Max Pacioretty, Alex Tuch ripped through the middle of the San Jose defense and buried the Knights fourth goal of the night. Patches notched his 4th point of the night with 2 goals and 2 assists.
9:20 into the period Evander Kane cross checked Stastny in the back knocking him to the ice. The play was whistled dead and Kane punched Colin Miller in the face as Miller was yelling at him for the dirty play. Kane was given 2:00 for cross checking, 2:00 for roughing, and an additional 10:00 misconduct for the punch on Miller sending Kane to the showers for the night.
The Sharks again looked good on the PK until Meier was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct that gave the Knights a 5 on 3. San Jose was able to kill off the penalties as it looked like Vegas was just trying to get Max Pacioretty his hat trick goal. After all the hard work by the Sharks on the PK, Goodrow was called for holding Ryan Reaves. The Knights capitalized on their opportunity this time as Nate Schmidt found Jonathan Marchessault back door for the tip in goal.
Marc-Andre Fleury was fantastic in net all night, saving all 28 shots he faced. The Golden Knights will travel back to San Jose tomorrow as they look to close out the series on Thursday night.
Fun Flower Facts!!! Marc-Andre Fleury’s 15 shutouts leads active goalies, and are tied for 4th in all-time shutouts. he is solidified as the 7th winningest goalie in the playoffs.
Head coach, Gerard Gallant on Fleury: “The goalie was the best player on the PK. Sometimes you get a shutout and it’s a team shutout, tonight it was a Fleury shutout”