4/18/19         By: Phillip Mueller
The Knights and the Sharks faced off in game 5 with the Sharks taking a page out of the Knights book as Tomas Hertl scored the games first goal just 1:16 in. Tomas Hertl was assisted by Erik Karlsson and Gustav Nyquist. The Knights stayed hungry to get things tied up but the Sharks played good, disciplined defense with getting blocked shots and takeaways. The Sharks capitalized with a goal from Logan Couture assisted by Erik Karlsson (2) and Timo Meier. The Knights kept pushing and the Sharks stayed on point with defensive play and a disciplined game until Kane was called for a high stick on Smith with a minute 43 left in the period. The Knights got the power play goal off a bad bounce off Erik Karlsson skate into Jones for the goal. Smith was credited with a goal and Miller and Wild Bill with the apples. The period ended 2-1 Sharks. The Knights looked good with 12 shots on goal to the Sharks 6. The Sharks came away with 7 blocked shots and 9 takeaways. The Knights had 2 blocked shots and 4 takeaways.
The Knights and the Sharks both came out flat in the 2nd. The Knights were not able to get an offensive possession and the Sharks not about to get a shot on goal until almost 5 minutes in. Just over 7 minutes in the Knights McNabb was called for holding Couture. The Knights held the Sharks to only 2 shots on goal and block 2 of the Sharks shots. With 7:38 left in the period The Sharks Goodrow would score to put the Sharks up 3-1. Braun and Ryan were credited with the assists. 1 minute and 22 seconds after the Sharks goal Pacioretty was called for tripping Meier. About a minute into the PP the Knights PK showed up big with MAF getting a couple of big saves losing his stick and McNabb diving across the crease to block a point-blank shot on goal from Couture. The period was closed out 3-1 Sharks up. The Knights only had 6 shots on goal and the Sharks having 12 evening things up with both teams having 18 shots on goal for the game. The Knights defensive play stepped it up with 11 blocked shots and the Sharks not having much to block with only 3 in the 2nd. The Knights had 6 takeaways and the Sharks 5. The Sharks had 4 giveaways and the Knights had 0.
The Knights came into the 3rd with 8 shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of the period Trying to get back into the game. Erik Karlsson was called for tripping William Karlsson. The Knights power play came through with a big goal from Marchessault assisted by Karlsson (2) and Miller (2). The Knights had some new hope. The Knights Karlsson had a break on the net along side Smith. Karlsson got the pass of to Smith but Martin Jones made save to keep the Sharks in the in the lead. With just under 7 minutes left in the period Colin Miller lost his stick on the play and would show great tenacity by getting in front of the net to block a shot by Bret Burns. With 5 minute and  30 seconds left Marchessault was called for a high stick on Logan Couture. The VGK announcers said it only hit his face guard and the Sharks tweeted a picture titled the puck don’t lie (Yes, those are Couture’s teeth on the ice from the high stick). The Sharks scored 15 seconds into the power play Hertl got his second goal of the night assisted by Thornton and Pavelski. The Sharks closed out the game with a empty net goal from Pavelski assisted by Kane. The Knights had 14 shots on goal and the Sharks 11. They matched up even inn every other category except the Sharks came out a little more physical in the 3rd with 13 hits to the Knights 7.
The Sharks came into this game 0-6 in playoff series facing elimination. The Knights will go into the game will be going into game 6 having another chance to close things out. The Knight have not yet closed out a series in T-Mobile Arena. The Knights have a two days to get their 5 on 5 game back on point to and avoid going to a game 7. Multiple reports after and during the game with Knights fans around The SAP center. A grandmother left the game with her 9 year old grandson after being heckled and a video posted by Vince Sapienza as a drunkard woman harassed some Knights fans before ushers and security got involved.
 Vince Sapienza video



Period      (1)        (2)         (3)
SOG      12-6      6-12     14-11
PEN          0-1        1-1       1-1
BLK         2-7       11-3       8-8
TKA         4-9         6-5       3-3
GVA         3-5        0-4        3-3
HITS        7-13        8-7      7-13
1st Tomas Hertl 2 Goals
2nd Erik Karlsson 2 Assists
3rd Martin Jones 30 Saves .938 SV%


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