NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights Win In OT, Take Series Lead

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After suffering the first playoff loss in team history on Saturday, the Golden Knights bounced back in Game 3, taking a 2-1 series lead thanks to an overtime winner from William Karlsson.

Vegas found themselves in a 1-0 hole on the road, but the offense came alive in the second period. After a San Jose penalty, the Golden Knights had a prime opportunity to even up the score. They took advantage of the man advantage when Colin Miller found the back of the net to knot the score at 1 apiece.

The Golden Knights took the lead just a few minutes later when another Sharks penalty gave them a golden chance on a power play. Jonathan Marchessault rifled a shot past Martin Jones at the 6:51 mark of the second period which gave Vegas its first lead of the night.

The Golden Knights added another goal just 1:17 later, when a Marchessault pass found William Karlsson near the net who dropped a nice no-looker to Reilly Smith for a goal and a 3-1 lead.

San Jose struck back with two of their own goals in the third, the last with only 1:57 remaining in regulation that tied the game at 3 and sent Game 3 to overtime.

The Sharks threatened early in the overtime period, but three-time Stanley Cup winning goalie Marc Andre-Fleury wasn’t letting San Jose win a second straight overtime game.

After the huge Fleury save, Vegas went on the offensive, and when a San Jose defensive miscue opened up space on the ice, William Karlsson took advantage and fired a shot that found the back of the net, giving the Golden Knights a 4-3 overtime win and a 2-1 series lead.

Fleury shined between the pipes after a disappointing Game 2, stopping 39 of the 42 shots he faced for a .929 save percentage, including a big save in overtime that saved the game for Vegas.

William Karlsson scored the game-winner and added an assist while Jonathan Marchessault added a goal and two assists.

The Golden Knights will look to take a 3-1 lead when the series resumes on Wednesday in San Jose. Game 4 is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT and can be viewed on NBC Sports Network.

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NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights Rout Sharks, Take 1-0 Series Lead

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