Sharks slide to edge of elimination with Game 5 loss

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Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi scored in the first period to allow San Jose to play from ahead and Joe Pavelski added a power-play goal in the third to help the Sharks rebound from an overtime loss at home in Game 3. The Golden Knights were up 3-2 in the series heading into this one, and they extended their lead to 2-0 later in the second period on a goal from Nate Schmidt.

"I thought we were better everywhere", Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.

This has turned into a best of three series and the Golden Knights have the upper hand, but I feel that the Sharks will have what it takes to pull off the win and send this series to a game-seven.

Fleury said he doesn't think the team is looking ahead to what might happen because that's not how they approached hard situations during the season. We got pucks out when we needed to and we got pucks in when we needed to.

The Sharks came out much harder in the third, but they just couldn't buy a goal early on. "Good players like that, they're going to put it in the back of the net".

Tonight is the biggest game of the season, and that can be said without any exaggeration or hyperbole.

Game 3 is Monday night at San Jose.

Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, May 4, 2018. Vegas had the edge statistically outshooting the Sharks 15-7 and was also the more physical team dishing out 26 hits to San Jose's 15. "You have to close it out". Kane is far from the only San Jose forward who has struggled against Vegas. "I believe if we play our hockey and what we're good at we will be back to Vegas". "I think we're disappointed and a little pissed off that we're in this spot, so you don't think about being on the wrong end".

James Neal scored the first goal of the game with three seconds remaining in the first period.

After Boedker, standing just a few feet away from the blue line, failed to get the puck out of the Sharks' zone, the Golden Knights kept possession for about the next 20 seconds.

Couture tied the game at 2 with a goal that conceivably could have been avoided.

Kevin Lablanc, Tomas Hertl and Mikkel Boedker provided the quick strikes for San Jose, but with the Sharks' net empty, Jonathan Marchessault slid a shot from his own blue line into the open cage to seal San Jose's fate.

Three minutes later, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead after he snagged the puck off a faceoff, circled the back of the net and tucked it in on a wraparound.

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