Jimmy Garoppolo pumped up the San Jose Sharks before Game 3

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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot in front of the Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) in the second period of Monday's Game 3 in San Jose.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance.

The expansion Golden Knights grabbed a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.

Vegas entered the third period with a 3-1 lead but the Sharks rallied to tie the game 3-3 and force sudden death overtime.

Martin Jones has denied 26.0 shots per game as the top selection in goal for San Jose. It was the second straight series the Golden Knights went into double overtime in Game 2, with their opponent missing a key player due to suspension.

The Sharks responded strongly Saturday after having been flattened on Thursday.

The Sharks finally broke through with a power-play goal by Meier at 6:59 of the second period.

San Jose (-130) is now the favorite over Vegas (+110), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-135 to bet the under, +115 for the over). Miller's shot caromed off the boards behind the net and came out the other side, where Karlsson shot from a sharp angle and beat Jones at 17:59.

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This one stops a streaking Tomas Hertl in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

This Sharks team has what it takes. Marc-Edouard Vlasic does not receive much attention nationally because of his limited offensive game. The Sharks were making a strong push to take the lead and had several great chances. "Even when we have a quick start like tonight, Fleury is shutting the door and finding the way to let them hang around until they can get something going, which is what happened".

The Shark defense had been excellent following a troublesome five-minute stretch midway through the second period.

The teams were skating four-on-four following a tussle between Marchessault and Vlasic when the Sharks pulled even.

Three minutes later, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead after he snagged the puck off a faceoff, circled the back of the net and tucked it in on a wraparound.

The Golden Knights took a 3-1 lead in the second period behind three goals on one-timer shots by Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith in a span of less than five minutes.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are settling in to be an entertaining and high-intensity year, but fans can still expect to see hard-fought battles. During the regular season, he was 30-28 with a 2.55 GAA and a.915 save percentage overall, including 19-12 with a 2.39 GAA and a.915 save percentage here at home, plus he was 1-2 with a 3.32 GAA and a.899 against the Golden Knights. On their first goal, Chris Tierney fed Timo Meier with a pass across the slot that Meier one-timed for his second goal of the playoffs.

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