Pushed to the brink: Sharks’ goalie woes continue in Game 4 loss
LAS VEGAS — The Sharks played the kind of game they wanted to for two periods Tuesday night but couldn’t make the saves they needed as the Vegas Golden Knights moved to within one win of advancing to the second round.
Goalies Martin Jones and Aaron Dell combined to make just 11 saves on 14 shots through two periods as the Sharks lost 5-0 to the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena to fall behind three-games-to-one in the best-of-7 opening round series. Game 5 is Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose.
Max Pacioretty scored twice and had two assists, with his first goal coming just 1:11 into the first period on the Golden Knights’ first shot of the game. The Sharks have never led in losing three straight games this series, as Jones also allowed the game’s first goal 58 seconds into Game 2 and 16 seconds into Game 3.
The Sharks also gave up a deflating goal to Shea Theodore just 47 seconds before the first intermission to fall behind 2-0 as Theodore split San Jose’s defense before he shoveled a backhand past Jones’ glove hand. Jones was pulled in favor of Dell to start the second period, the second time he’s been given the hook this series.
Playing without the suspended Joe Thornton, the Sharks had 26 shots through two periods but couldn’t beat Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who went on to record his 15th career postseason shutout.
Thornton was suspended by the NHL on Monday for one game before his illegal hit to the head of Golden Knights winger Tomas Nosek in Game 3. He will return for Game 5.
The Sharks still have not had an answer for the Golden Knights’ line of Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Paul Stastny, who came into Game 4 with a combined 22 points this series. Stone added two assists Tuesday.
Author: Curtis Pashelka