Overtime goal caps Knights’ wild win

The Associated Press
Josh Dubow

SAN JOSE, Calif.–William Karlsson and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights proved they can handle some adversity just as well as they can thrive as front-runners like they did most of their inaugural season.
The Golden Knights bounced back after allowing a late tying goal in regulation when Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime to lead Vegas to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks last night and a 2-1 series lead.
“I think it’s good for the morale,” Karlsson said. “We showed great attitude.
“It was tough, too, but we gave someone a chance to be an overtime hero.”
Karlsson was that hero–just as he has been so much this season. He scored 43 goals in the regular season and has added three more this series.
But none was bigger than the wrist shot in transition that beat Martin Jones high to the stick side, sending the Golden Knights into a wild celebration around the player knows as “Wild Bill.”
It was an impressive bounce back from their first loss of the playoffs in double overtime at home in Game 2.
And it wouldn’t have been possible without Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 39 saves to hold off an early push by the Sharks and then robbed Logan Couture with a glove save in overtime.
“I was looking at the guy with puck,” Fleury recalled. “I just tried to follow the pass and get out there a bit, and I had a little time to react on it.
“It was a good feeling.”
The Sharks rallied to tie the game and force a second-straight overtime with two goals in the third period.
Evander Kane scored just seconds after the end of a power play midway through the third to set the stage for Tomas Hertl.
Hertl drove to the net with a strong power move. With the Sharks swarming in front of Fleury, he whacked at a loose puck and knocked it in for the equalizer with 1:57 to go, sending the towel-waving crowd into a frenzy.
“I believe our game’s there and I think everyone in here would tell you that,” captain Joe Pavelski said.
“We got caught on the wrong end of it tonight.”
Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith scored in a span of less than five minutes in the second period to put the Golden Knights in control, but they couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Timo Meier opened the scoring with a power-play goal for the Sharks but undisciplined play in the second period helped erase that lead and put San Jose in a hole.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Tampa Bay doubled Boston 4-2 to even their second-round series at 1-1.