LAS VEGAS (AP) – Alex Tuch, 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 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 MarleauHowe’s record in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,950, including his wife, Christina, and four sons. That wouldn’t have been possible in San Jose, where in the arena during the pandemic.
After the game, a choked-up Marleau was asked what kept him coming to the rink all these years.
“I just love it,” he said, wiping away tears with a towel. “There’s nothing else like it.”
Howeand 419 more in the World Hockey Association, the latter of which are not recognized by the NHL.
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, fired a shot from the point past Lehner.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 gathered by Nikolai Knyzhov, who then
, Noah Gregor was corralling a loose puck, 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 wristline 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-night goal 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 defenseman Mario Ferraro was there to slap the puck away as it neared the goal line.
The teams conclude their two-game series in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
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