LAS VEGAS (AP) – Two days after opening the second round with his worst play of playoffs, San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty achievement.
Logan Couture's second goal of the 5:1
Eyes after Vegas Jon Merrill was required to hook, Couture found the back of the net to give Sharks his first victory in the T Mobile Arena this season.
"I thought we were better everywhere," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. "We were closer, our team play was better, we were better in all situations, and I knew we would be."
San Jose rallied from two goals during the second period to take the lead, before Vegas bound it in the third.
"We were down two, but our game was good," said DeBoer. "As I said, entering as long as our game is good – even though we lost tonight – I think we have always taken the approach that if we play our game, things will be good at the end of the day. We got stuck with it and even when they did the second goal I really liked how we played. "
Vegas lost for the first time in the playoff after winning its first five matches with a 14-3 margin, including a 7-0 win in Game 1.
The Golden Knight thought they won this in the first round when Jonathan Marchessault's backhand sailed past Martin Jones at 3:02, but officials confirmed that it was a mutual interference when Marchessault ran into Jones blockers and turned him around before his shot.
By NHL: "After reviewing all available replies and consulted judges, the Situation Room decided that the contact between Vegas Jonathan Marchessault and Jones prevented him from his job, in accordance with Rule 78.7."  Brent Burns also scored two goals and Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose, who played Evander Kane without delay.
"We fixed some things and it was a better team game," Burns said. "It's just a game, of course we had to win it, but it's a game."
William Karlsson scored twice for Vegas, while Nate Schmidt got his first post season to tie the score of 3-3 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury finished 43 pounds.
Game 3 is Monday night in San Jose.
"We competed harder over the ice," said Couture. "We were harder on puckers, we won more battles. I think when you create offensive chances and you force other teams to play defensive hockey, that's when the punishment occurs. They'll get tired and you'll carry them down."  Unlike the first game in the series, which saw Golden Knights becoming the third NHL franchise to make at least seven goals in a playoff game during its initial season, Game 2 was very physical, something that apparently took Vegas out out of his rhythm in the second period.
In Game 1, Vegas blocked 26 shots to Sharks 13, but San Jose held 36-26 in Game 2. And after being shown 10 punishments in the first series opener, as opposed to Vegas five, they were golden The knights in the box more than San Jose, 11-6.
"I was not so happy that it was honest with you," said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant. "I think we had a penalty and they had seven so I was not so happy. They are better ready (for Game 3) because we did not get up for 45 minutes tonight… We played a good game on the second night and competed and fought. Tonight, if we thought it would be easy or what we thought I did not know, but we did not show up to play our game. "
The Golden Knights came on board late in the first period when Karlsson took a recovery from the end boards and found the back of the network from a tight angle. He nodded his second goal when he utilized a turnover and beat Jones from the circle to put Vegas up 2-0 just 26 seconds into others.
Burns ended the Sharks 82-minute scorecard when picking up the puck of the draw and blasting a blow from the point to cut Vegas's lead in half.
Couture tied the game to 2 with a goal that could possibly have been avoided. After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Derik Engelland behind the net, instead of covering it. Tomas Hertl got rid of it and fed Couture, who once took in just under nine minutes left in others.
Three minutes later, Burns San Jose gave a 3-2 lead after he claimed the puck from a faceoff, circled back of the net and emptied it into a wraparound.
NOTES: Burns & # 39; second-term goals ended Fleurys goalless line 143: 51, which returns to match 3 in the opening round against Los Angeles. … Vegas exceeded its season-high 13 penalty in minutes with 22 PIM. … 18,671 participation was a new team record at the T Mobile Arena. … Kane was suspended Friday due to a cross-examination of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's head in Game 1. … It was the second straight series, the golden knights entered double overtime in match 2, with the opponent missing a key actor due to cancellation. Los Angeles missed Drew Doughty in the opening round.