Martin Jones made 36 saves between the pipes on his birthday, helping the Sharks avenge an embarrassing outing against Vegas from earlier in the season. The last time they played in T-Mobile Arena, which was in November, they were shut out, 6-0. It was a much different result this time around, as Tomas Hertl contributed to that with a goal on the night.
The Golden Knights have had the Sharks' number since debuting last season, winning last year's season series, 3-1, while also eliminating the Sharks in six games of the Western Conference semifinals. Although, it was the Sharks' night on Thursday, as they also put an end to the Golden Knights' longest active home point streak in the NHL at 12 in a row. They went 10-0-2 during that span. Tomas Nosek and Jon Merril scored in the loss for the defending Western Conference Champions, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves. One bright spot was Alex Tuch, who had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games in a row. He leads the team with 35 points on the season.
Las Vegas began the season 9-12-1, which had many believing that it was going to be a sophomore slump type of season, but they have gone 18-4-3 since to turn that around quickly. Before Thursday, they hadn't dropped a game at home since the St. Louis Blues beat them, 4-1, on November 16th. They will be on the road Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Sharks will host the Ottawa Senators that same night.