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Bordeleau Snaps Sharks’ Losing Streak to Golden Knights in Shootout

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The San Jose Sharks visit Las Vegas to try to play spoiler against the Vegas Golden Knights. Tomas Hertl gave San Jose the early lead and Nick Bonino added a pair and Timo Meier scored a last-second game-tying goal. And Thomas Bordeleau wins it in the shootout!

Period 1

1 in: Theodore slices through San Jose Sharks defense from 200 feet, thrilling rush. Beat Burns and finally Ferraro down the gut. Burns needs to be alert, he looked like he was puck-watching, Pacioretty got to the loose puck, he wasn’t tied up, hit the post. Ferraro was last on Theodore, so that’s on Burns.

2 in: Great effort by Vlasic to move puck to Merkley while falling.

4 in: Chmelevski along wall, like his patience, doesn’t rush it. Doesn’t seem to have a play but he clears, Sharks change.

7 in: I thought Ferraro did a good job to beat Marchessault to chip and chase, think he could’ve used help to avoid turnover.

Like that we can hear Hertl call for it as Meier draws two Golden Knights down low. Hertl then hits Barabanov. Amadio does a good job to break defensive structure to get on Barabanov, gives Thompson a sec to get set.

Bordeleau creates an entry for Gregor with some cleverness.

Hertl goal: Meier crashes net, Megna has good patience to wait for that before shooting, then Hertl cleans up. Meier really does a good job of bulling his way into Whitecloud, forcing the situation. Like.

7 left: Third line struggles to get it out, but Bordeleau smartly, when he gets a chance, clears into Thompson so San Jose Sharks can change.

Have liked Barabanov’s period.

1 left: Ferraro gets in front of Marchessault along wall, now gets help from Hertl who comes down to tie up next Golden Knight. That’s teamwork.

Period 2

2 in: Yup Hedican right. The winger Gregor cannot let Martinez open like that. Vegas has had a lot of wide one-timers tonight, not a good thing.

3 in: Reimer keeping them in, big save on Stephenson. Vegas just grinding, wouldn’t let Sharks exit. San Jose had little pass after little pass stood up. Finally, Weatherby pass to Vlasic misses. Hedican says Vlasic maybe should’ve got to it, but I think it was a little hard from Weatherby. Perfect example of sticking to it by VGK though. They were just all over Sharks.

4 in: You can see Meier’s desire, but he can’t turn it over there nor can he take that penalty. Hopefully he can channel his emotion better.

6 in: Great PK shift by Hertl, salts away like 45 seconds.

Pacioretty goal: Meloche just gets beat one on one. Max is a great player, but Meloche maybe was content that Pacioretty was outside.

Carrier goal: Barabanov was in a bad position along NZ wall, not his fault, but soft pass up the middle to Hertl doesn’t connect, feeds Vegas counterattack. I’m not going to kill him, his team down one and they need offense, so I don’t expect him to keep it along wall, but that’s certainly what happens when you don’t execute a risky play like that. You feed your offense if it works — you feed their offense if it doesn’t. Both Brown and Hedican suggested Hertl and Barabanov could’ve tracked back harder.

Burns-Bonino-Couture-Bordeleau-Reedy to start on power play, then Merkley-Hertl-Meier-Barabanov-Gregor.

4 left: Sharks can’t hit a pass. Seems like there’s a Golden Knight every time that Sharks approach puck. Maybe rushing, not taking that extra beat when there is that opportunity. Case in point, that Burns pass to Nieto. Nieto is open, that pass has too much mustard. He’s not the only of course.

3 left: Fourth line tried, they actually exited clean, tried to get forecheck going, but no dice. Ugly.

That Meier shot first 5v5 shot by Sharks in 10 minutes or so.

Bonino goal: Nieto deserves credit for center lane drive and pushing back the defense. But also off NZ faceoff, Bonino is able to battle Amadio and win the puck back to Megna, who gives it to Burns. Burns hits Nieto with speed.

Okay, now San Jose Sharks have Reimer’s back there. He’s been adventure with the puck in this period. Meloche comes up with the block with Reimer out of net.

Period 3

1 in: Gregor misses Bordeleau on bounce stretch pass. May still need to work on his touch with things like that long-term.

4 in: Burns stops Stephenson with his feet, seen him do that a few times. His feet are another obstacle when you’re trying to enter zone on Burns.

Roy goal: Karlsson slips Vlasic behind the net, and Megna is holding post but not watching Roy enough. Pass gets through.

9 in: Clever play by Dadonov. Pulls Vlasic to him, slides it to Roy for quick shot. Reimer there.

10 left: Burns plays up to try to force offense, Ferraro has no help as Stone passes to Stephenson with speed. Stephenson beats Hertl up the ice. Wonder if Hertl playing hurt? He was struggling with something in first. He hasn’t been getting back like you’d like.

Good entry led by Merkley, 5 in. He rushes, feeds Gregor in stride, Gregor shoots for rebound, just misses Balcers.

4 left: Couture flies in on forecheck, ambushes Marchessault, Thompson sticks it away from Couture, but that leaves him vulnerable to Chmelevski walking down — that was the chance for Sasha to score his first goal!

Holy shit!

OT

Hertl-Meier-Burns to start.

Holy shit again!

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gtrofimov

Booom! Let’s go just like that!

Alaskan_ice

What a way to end this season!!! Shades of the comeback in the playoffs. What a bonanza!! (For the Joe Starkey fans)
It wasn’t pretty but at the end, we put that dagger in Vegas and twisted. We did what we could. It’s up to Dallas to bury them. Oh, go LA?? Gosh, that stings. This off-season will have some sweetness due to this game. Good stuff.

Go Sharks!!

KE

And the Sharks did it without Karlsson – imagine that – I truly believe they shut him down because he was causing problems in the locker room and Bob just figured not going to put up with the crap to finish out the season. That’s my opinion. It would have been nice though if Merkley would have passed to Bordeleau and won it in Regulation but it was just as sweet to see it end in shootout too. Reimer needs a raise It was nice to see the expression of the Vegas golden buckethead fans that were sitting behind the… Read more »

KE

It’s amazing the neg I get when I post about Karlsson – I hope that when Karlsson either asks for a trade or is asked give us some teams you’d like to be traded to that the neg people checker ask themselves “where have I heard this before”

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