Greetings sports fans and welcome to Stanleyville, otherwise known as Las Vegas, on a beautiful warm Saturday night. I am coming to you live once more from the William Hill Sports Book inside of the Pahrump Nugget hotel and casino where I have regained my comfy armchair and a cold St. Paulie Girl (non-alcoholic) beer courtesy of the casino.

Just as I covered the Super Bowl from here in February I am here to cover game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup playoff series between the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the San Jose Sharks on William HIll’s 40,000 inch TV. Or whatever the size of that thing is. I know one thing, it’s as big as my queen-size bed.

The Golden Knights enjoyed a 2-0 lead until with 26 seconds left in the first period until Melker Karlsson scored a goal to make the score 2-1. The game would become tied at 2-2 when a 4 on 4 power play goal by San Jose evened things up a bit for the Sharks who were blown out of game one, 7-0 by the Golden Knights.

Chaos ensued with 13:13 left to play in the second period when a scrum developed, and then Marchessault and Vlasic would get into a fight that would lead to a 4 on 4 power play goal that would bring the score to 3-2. San Jose would score a total of 3 unanswered goals in the second period and give San Jose their first lead of the series which they would retain until with 6:32 left to play in the 3rd period an assist from Shea Theodore to Nate Schmidt set up a beautiful slap shot goal that tied the game at 3-3.

There was a lot of the usual pushing and shoving during the match but the best fight came with just under 7 minutes left to play in the 2nd period a full-team scrum saw David Perron of the Golden Knights take a Shark into the net. When the dust had settled and they saw what had occurred a camera caught the face of Knights coach, Gerard Gallant and I could read his lips as he said to someone, “That was bad.”

The game went into the first overtime period and remained tied until with 3:20 left to play in OT Jonathon Marchessault scored what looked to be the game-winning goal. The NHL however, had other ideas and the goal was overturned after an official review determined that Marchessault was guilty of goaltender interference and reversed the victory.

The game would end a short while later when Logan Couture of the Sharks would score the winning goal in the second overtime period making the series tied at 1 game apiece for the Sharks and the Golden Knights.

Even though the Golden Knights lost this game it’s really no big deal. Regardless of what anyone might have said at the beginning of the season, it is clear as a bell that the Golden Knights are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders and a force that is going to have to be reckoned with in the NHL for many years to come.



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