San Jose Sharks (18-22-5, sixth in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (32-11-2, first in the West Division) Paradise, Nevada; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Golden Knights -235, Sharks +190; over/under is 0 BOTTOM LINE: Mark Stone leads Vegas into a matchup against San Jose. He's ninth in the league with 52 points, scoring 17 goals and recording 35 assists. The Golden Knights are 32-11-2 against opponents from the West Division. Vegas is fifth in the league recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.8 assists. The Sharks are 18-22-5 against West Division opponents. San Jose averages 9.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the league. Kurtis Gabriel leads the team serving 55 total minutes. The teams square off for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 22 goals, adding 23 assists and collecting 45 points. Stone has 12 points over the last 10 games for Vegas. Evander Kane has 36 total points while scoring 17 goals and totalling 19 assists for the Sharks. Tomas Hertl has three goals and three assists over the last 10 games for San Jose. LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 8-2-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.3 assists, 2.5 penalties and 5.3 penalty minutes while giving up 1.8 goals per game with a .932 save percentage. Sharks: 3-6-1, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.4 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while allowing three goals per game with an .898 save percentage. INJURIES: Golden Knights: Keegan Kolesar: day to day (lower body), Reilly Smith: day to day (undisclosed). Sharks: Matt Nieto: out (lower body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Alex Tuch scored the winner in a shootout and the streaking Vegas Golden Knights beat San Jose 3-2 on Monday night as Sharks forward Patrick Marleau passed Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL history. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots and the Golden Knights won their seventh in a row, overcoming a two-goal deficit behind a pair of power-play goals from captain Mark Stone. The 41-year-old Marleau played in his 1,768th career game to break Howe’s record in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,950 that included his wife, Christina, and four sons. That wouldn’t have been possible in San Jose, where fans still aren’t allowed in the arena during the pandemic. Martin Jones made 38 saves for the Sharks, including five spectacular game-saving stops in overtime. Lehner, who stopped all three San Jose attempts in the shootout, improved to 8-0-1 since returning from a concussion on March 19. The Sharks opened the scoring on Marleau’s historic night when Vegas’ Shea Theodore turned the puck over with a breakout pass along the boards that was gathered by Nikolai Knyzhov, who then fired a shot from the point past Lehner. Just 29 seconds into the second period, it was Noah Gregor corralling a loose pick, spinning and firing from the right circle with a shot that appeared to glance off Lehner’s glove and gave the Sharks a 2-0 advantage. It wouldn’t last long, though, as Theodore’s wrist shot from the blue line was deflected perfectly by Stone, who was camped at the doorstep and found the top shelf on Jones’ blocker side to cut San Jose’s lead in half. Vegas thought it tied the game when newcomer Mattias Janmark was in front of the crease to put one home, but a quick whistle was blown as Jones was covering the puck and the goal was disallowed. Stone scored his second goal of the night just seven seconds into another power play, when he scooped the puck around the crease, and Jones, to the far side to tie the game with his 17th of the season. William Karlsson came close to giving Vegas a 3-2 lead with 14 seconds left, when his wrist shot trickled past Jones, but Sharks defenceman Mario Ferraro was there to slap the puck away as it neared the goal line. UP NEXT The teams conclude their two-game series in Las Vegas on Wednesday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports W.G. Ramirez, The Associated Press
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau broke the NHL record for most career games on Monday, passing the legendary Gordie Howe. When Marleau was on the ice for the opening faceoff against the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, he appeared in his 1,768th game. Howe played in 1,767 NHL games from 1946-71 and in the 1979-80 season.