Monday will all the time be remembered because the evening San Jose’s Patrick Marleau set the NHL report for many video games performed.
However one other uncommon event has occurred. Robin Lehner gained a shootout victory.
The goalie stopped all three makes an attempt and carried the Golden Knights to a 3-2 win over the Sharks in entrance of an introduced crowd of three,950 at T-Cellular Enviornment.
“We wished to maintain constructing and making every little thing work,” mentioned Lehner. “It was an essential win for us, and it was good to make a number of saves within the shootout.”
Marleau was in his 1768th profession recreation to overhaul Gordie Howe for many video games performed in NHL historical past and was honored with a three-minute ceremony after the primary whistle which included a message from Commissioner Gary Bettman.
However the Knights (32-11-2) recovered from a two-goal deficit to win their seventh in a row and take first place within the West Division.
Mark Stone scored twice on the facility play, together with the tying purpose at 3:29 of the third interval when he pushed the puck previous Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.
Stone additionally had two possibilities to win the sport in extra time, together with a breakaway try that was denied by Jones.
Alex Tuch had the one purpose of the shootout.
“We have been on fumes tonight,” mentioned coach Pete DeBoer. “I assumed we dug deep. It is also drained that I’ve seen us as a band this yr. … The truth that we discovered a manner is a tribute to our guys as a result of we did not have a lot within the tank.
Lehner gained his fifth consecutive spot and has gone to 8-0-1 since coming back from a concussion on March 19.
He completed with 29 saves, together with a key save on Timo Meier with 3:52 to go within the third interval.
Lehner entered the shootout with a profession report of 9-25, and his .510 save proportion in format was the bottom amongst any goaltender with a minimum of 40 makes an attempt towards.
However Lehner deflected Marleau within the first spherical, then made saves towards Ryan Donato and Logan Couture.
“It is large,” Tuch mentioned. “To have the ability to go there and get a purpose for him, however not simply that he had three saves, I believe that was large for him. I believe all through his profession he hasn’t been the most effective (in shootouts), however tonight he was actually, actually good.
The Knights have been unhurt by ahead Reilly Smith for the second straight recreation and their sixth previously 9 days.
Acquisition of the commerce deadline Mattias Janmark made his house debut for the Knights, however San Jose responded to Marleau’s historic evening with an enormous effort within the first interval.
Defender Nikolai Knyzhov held the world and fired some extent shot that crossed site visitors for a 1-0 Sharks lead at 9:27.
San Jose almost doubled their benefit with about 5 minutes left within the interval as Evander Kane’s deflection twice crossed the crossbar and was swept away by defensemen Brayden McNabb and Shea Theodore crushing the crease.
The Sharks led 2-0 29 seconds into the second interval when Noah Gregor discovered a free puck, a flip and fired a shot that slid by way of Lehner for his fourth purpose.
However the Knights lastly awoke due to their energy play. Theodore let loose a shot from the purpose, and Stone pitched in entrance to deflect into his sixteenth purpose at 1:22 of a second.
“It was a extremely particular evening for everybody, not only for Patrick, however for all of us,” mentioned ahead Max Pacioretty. “It was good to have that form of reception in entrance of a minimum of a number of followers.”