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Sharks rally, Vegas implodes in wild Game 7

For a lot of hockey fans that went to bed before midnight last night, they will be in for a big surprise this morning/afternoon.

Being down by three goals in the third period, the San Jose Sharks furiously rallied after losing captain, Joe Pavelski, to injury after a crosscheck. They would go to score four goals in four minutes and then top the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime, after a goal by Barclay Goodrow.

The Golden Knights started off strong as forward William Karlsson gathered a loose puck and scored a goal to open up the scoring at 10:10 in the first period.

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Vegas continued to pressure the Sharks as forward Cody Eakin fires a wrist shot past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to make the score 2-0 Golden Knights.

And then came the third period.

The Golden Knights extended their lead to 3-0 as Max Pacioretty’s wrist shot squeaks past Jones at 3:36.

Just when all the momentum was with Vegas, Eakin was recorded a penalty after crosschecking Pavelski in the chest. Due to the extent of the injury and the way he was hit, the penalty was increased to a five-minute major.

Team huddles around Pavelski after suffering an injury from a crosscheck

Just four seconds into the power play, San Jose’s Logan Couture fires a shot past Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery to get the Sharks on the board.

San Jose’s Thomas Hertl and Couture would tie the game at 3, just a couple minutes later. The three huge goals sent the SAP Center crowd into a frenzy.

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Followed by a few saves by Fluery, Sharks Right Wing Kevin Labanc, who already eventually give San Jose the first lead of the game at 4-3.

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With all the excitement building around the team, the Golden Knights would eventually silence it.

With under a minute remaining, Forward Jonathan Marchessault tied the game at 4, on a goal past Jones on a wrist shot. The goal would force the exciting Game 7 to overtime.

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With the momentum gained during the third period, San Jose peppered Fluery out of the intermission with numerous shots. As Vegas tried to get the puck into the neutral zone, a turnover was forced by defenceman Erik Karlsson. Karlsson sent the puck over to Goodrow, who eventually dangled the puck around Fluery and into the net. The goal would eliminate the Golden Knights from further playoff contention.

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Fluery finishes with 43 saves on 48 shots for Vegas, while Jones stopped 34 of 38 shots for San Jose.

With the players and fans still feeling excited after the big win, the Sharks will face wild card Colorado Avalanche starting Friday night in San Jose. Colorado is coming off their own series win in five games over the Calgary Flames.

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