POINT OF SCORE
This was the opportunity for the San Jose Sharks after their frustrating defeat of Game 2. But the Sunday night contest in Las Vegas presented more of the same problems for Team Teal.
Despite making one last push in the game that made things interesting, the Sharks lost a 6-3 decision to the Golden Knights in Game 3 and now drag two games to one in their first Stanley Cup playoff round. .
Here are the three immediate conclusions of the proceedings at T-Mobile Arena.
The "second line" of Vegas is lethal
During the live Facebook question and answer session of NBC Sports California on Sunday morning, the Sharks radio broadcaster, Dan Rusanowsky, pointed to the second de facto Las Vegas line of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone as the combo that San Jose needed to watch closely. While the Sharks have done a good job in closing the top line led by William Karlsson, the Pacioretty-Stastny-Stone combo, which, as you remember, is composed of three players who were in completely different teams in recent times. season – has posed a problem.
That line proved, in fact, to be a big problem for the Sharks, since the three skaters found ways to score goals, with Stone doing three times, causing the hats to fall on the ice of the T-Mobile Arena. Stastny scored twice, even once in the power play, and Pacioretty added a marker to the man's lead.
The line also made a leap to the Sharks in less than a minute in all periods of the game and put San Jose on its heels. The Sharks abandoned the goals at 16 seconds in the first frame, 21 seconds in the second and 36 seconds in the third.
The Sharks have argued again and again that they should not let this opportunistic Vegas team put them on their heels. But the Knights did that in Game 3, after doing it also in Game 2.
Sharks make too many early mistakes
Unlike Game 2, when the Knights made large trips to the penalty box, the Sharks were the ones who skated in and out of the sinister game in Game 3. And unlike San Jose, they could not become the majority of their players. Opportunities In game 2, Vegas found ways to make sharks pay for their mistakes by going 2 for 6 in the power play.
It did not help that the Sharks could not channel their frustrations on scoring opportunities, and instead took more penalties for their extracurricular activities. The constant penalties further affected the flow of the San Jose game, and when he finally scored a power play goal in the third period, it was in a hole so deep that he did not do much damage.
Some of the Sharks' penalties could even have consequences in future games. Joe Thornton was called for an illegal check at the head of Tomas Nosek, and he could potentially receive supplementary discipline for it.
With the lineup of the Sharks already exhausted due to injuries, losing Thornton would be a big blow in a big place.
Time for a change in Game 4
There is no doubt that this loss puts sharks in a difficult place. They have one more game to play in a Las Vegas barn before the series returns to San Jose. Going home in a hole of the series of three games to one could, obviously, where the Sharks want to be.
The Sharks can go deep and get a victory on Tuesday night when these teams meet again for Game 4. However, since San Jose has played in their last two contests, it will need a complete change to have any chance of matching. the series and do It's a best-of-three situation.