This is the chance of the San Jose Sharks after the loss of their frustration on Game 2. But the Sunday night tournament in Las Vegas features more than just the same problems for Team Teal.
Despite late-game stops that made things interesting, the Sharks dropped a 6-3 decision on the Golden Knights at Game 3 and now trail two games in one of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Here are three immediate takeaways from T-Mobile Arena trials.
The second Vegas line proves deadly
During the NBC Sports California Facebook live Q & A on Sunday morning, Sharks radio announcer Dan Rusanowsky teaches Vegas & # 39; de facto second lines of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone as combo that San Jose needs to watch completely. While the Sharks did a great job of shutting down William Karlsson leading the top line, the Pacioretty-Stastny-Stone combo ̵
That line proved, in fact, a big problem for the Sharks, because all three skaters found ways to score goals, making Stone three times, making rain hats in the T-Mobile Arena ice. Stastny recorded twice, including once in power play, and Pacioretty added a marker to the men's advantage.
The line also got the Sharks less than a minute in all game times and placed San Jose on its heels. The Sharks give goals within 16 seconds in the first frame, 21 seconds in the second and 36 seconds in the third.
The Sharks have been discussing over and over again that they need to not allow this opportunist Vegas team to place their heels. But the Knights made it only at Game 3, after doing it on Game 2.
Sharks made so many early mistakes
Unlike Game 2, when the Knights made many trips in the penalty box, the Sharks are skating in and out of the sin bin in Game 3. And unlike San Jose, which can not be converted in most of the times in Game 2, Vegas finds the way to make the Shark to pay their mistakes, going 2 for 6 in the power play.
It does not help that Sharks can not channel their frustrations to scoring opportunities, and instead take more penalties for their extracurricular. Continued punishments were more offended by San Jose's game flow, and at the time that finally scored a goal in power play in the third stage, it was like a deep hole that it did not have much of a dent.
Some of the penalties of Shark & # 39; may have consequences in future games. Joe Thornton has come to an illegal check on Tomas Nosek's head, and is likely to receive additional discipline for it.
In the Shark lineup that falls due to injuries, Thornton's loss will be a big blow to a big spot
Time for a turnaround in Game 4
There is no mistake that this loss is places the Sharks in a difficult place. They have another game to play in a very stiff Vegas home barn before the series is back in San Jose. The return of the house to a three-game-in-one hole hole can be clear where the sharks want to be.
The Sharks can dig deep and get a win Tuesday night when teams reconvene for Game 4. However, as to how San Jose played in his last two tournaments, it would need a complete turnaround to have a series of night scenes and make it a best-of-three scenario.