The Vegas Golden Knights had a chance to take a two-game series lead last night in their home building for Game 4. The San Jose Sharks would be without two of their best players, defenseman Marc-Eduard Vlasic was unavailable again due to an unknown injury, and center Joe Thornton who was suspended one game for an illegal hit to the head on Tomas Nosek.

The Golden Knights opened Game 4 like they didn’t the previous two scoring quickly on Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Max Pacioretty scored his third goal of the season postseason 1:11 into the game. Vegas would go on to defend against the Sharks heavy attack for the entire period but no shots slipped past Marc-Andre Fleury. With under a minute remaining in the period defenseman Shea Theodore weaved in and out of defenders dazzling the crowd with his first goal of the playoffs. Vegas held the 2-0 edge after one period of action.

Vegas tightened up and protected their two goal lead in the second period. More than halfway through the period Pacioretty lit the lamp a second time putting the Golden Knights up 3-0. The home team would skate into the locker room unblemished once again.

Vegas would tack on a fourth goal from a great individual play by Alex Tuch. Tuch gave Vegas a commanding 4-0 lead on his first goal of the postseason.

Evander Kane took a miserable pair of penalties and got himself tossed from the game essentially for the second straight game. San Jose did nothing but take penalties the rest of the night leading to X more VGK goals.

Vegas leads the best of seven series over San Jose (3-1) and have a chance to close out the series on Thursday night. Game 5 in San Jose is scheduled to start at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Steve Carp’s Wednesday playoff column on Fleury vs. Jones
  • No matter what the Sharks try, they don’t have an answer for Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Paul Stastny
  • Photo Gallery from Game 4

Ken’s Three VGK Stars

*** Shea Theodore
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Max Pacioretty