Barclay Goodrow scored with 1:41 remaining in overtime, and the host San Jose Sharks, who scored four goals on a five-minute power play midway through the third period, rallied to pull out a 5-4 victory in Game 7 and wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
Goodrow came in from the right circle and got around defenseman Brayden McNabb, then beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his blocker side for the game-winner.
San Jose, which overcame a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history, will play Colorado in the Western Conference semifinals. The Avalanche, who eliminated the Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames in five games, will play Game 1 at San Jose on Friday.
Logan Couture scored two goals, Kevin Labanc had a goal and three assists for the first multi-point playoff game of his career, and Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for San Jose. Martin Jones, coming off a Game 6 victory in which he set a franchise record with 58 saves, stopped 34 shots.
Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson and Cody Eakin scored goals and Mark Stone and Reilly Smith had two assists apiece for Vegas. Fleury finished with 43 saves.
Vegas, behind goals by Karlsson, Eakin and Pacioretty, appeared to have the game firmly in control until Eakin’s penalty at the 9:13 mark of the third period.
Eakin was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for a crosscheck on Joe Pavelski at the end of a faceoff that sent Pavelski pin-wheeling and ended with Pavelski smashing his head off the ice. A wobbly and bleeding Pavelski had to be helped off the ice by several players.
Couture scored just seven seconds into the penalty to cut the deficit to 3-1, and Hertl made it 3-2 just 49 seconds later with a deflection of an Erik Karlsson shot.
Couture tied it 2 1/2 minutes later with his sixth goal of the playoffs, and Labanc then gave San Jose a 4-3 lead 28 seconds later with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Fleury on his blocker side.
It marked the first time in the series that there was a lead change and capped a span of four goals in 4:01 by the Sharks, the eighth-fastest four goals by one team in any playoff game. The four power play goals in one period also tied an NHL record.
Vegas pulled Fleury for an extra attacker with 1:59 remaining and then tied it with Marchessault’s goal with 47 seconds to go off a pass from Smith to send the game into overtime.
It was the fourth straight game in which Marchessault scored a goal.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
West Indies approve Test tour of England
Rohit nominated for Khel Ratna; Ishant, Shikhar and Deepti for Arjuna
Education City Golf club to celebrate Women’s Golf Day
Thiem, Kyrgios to play July grass, hard-court events
New Australia coach Rennie wants public squabbling to stop
Born May 31, 1943: Joe Namath, NFL quarterback
Ravens history should push Brown out of the picture
NBA board likely to approve Silver’s restart plan
Police ‘ready’ to host any Liverpool match