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Golden Knights at Sharks Game Three: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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The Knights are vulnerable, finally.

Apr 28, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) blocks a shot as San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) upends Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula (56) during a second over time period in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.
Apr 28, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) blocks a shot as San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) upends Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula (56) during a second over time period in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.
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The San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) return home for game three after having finally drawn blood from the Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7). The boys handed the expansion team their first ever post season loss on Saturday in Las Vegas, a 4-3 double over time affair that was not without its controversy. After a Jonathan Marchessault goal in the first over time period was waved off due to goaltender interference, Logan Couture finished off the Knights in the extra extra frame with a power play snipe.

The series so far has been a story of bad discipline and wacky goaltending. Game two saw a huge discrepancy in penalty time, with the Knights taking 11 penalties to San Jose's six. The Sharks scored on two of their seven power plays, including the game winner, and Vegas came up empty on their two opportunities. Both teams will have to keep their aggression in between the whistles if they want to stay out of short handed trouble.

After Sharks' netminder Martin Jones allowed five goals in game one, one more than he allowed to the Anaheim Ducks in all of round one, Vegas keeper Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals in game two, one more than he allowed to the Los Angeles Kings in all of round one. That sentence is a mouthful, but there's a certain poetry to the stat line so far. It is also always comforting to know that the Sharks did a thing better than the Kings did, in any context.

Tonight promises a shake up on the Sharks' roster. With Evander Kane returning from a one game suspension due to a cross check right into the money maker of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in game one, Joonas Donskoi looks to be sitting out due to a lower body injury. This appears to be elevating my best friend Chris Tierney to top line center duties, a role for which he may or may not be well suited. The Knights, clearly shaken by their ineffective showing on Saturday, will sit former Shark Ryan Carpenter for giant, very influential, not-at-all-a-deadline-ripoff acquisition Tomas Tatar.

Tonight is not a must-win, but the Sharks have shown that even a God-King can bleed, and putting the Knights back on their heels for the first time this year may expose a weak underbelly, mixed metaphors and all.

Sharks Lines

Evander Kane -- Chris Tierney -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Eric Fehr -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Joel Ward, Jannik Hansen, Dylan Gambrell

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joonas Donskoi (lower body)

Golden Knights Lines

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

James Neal -- Erik Haula -- Alex Tuch

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- Tomas Tatar

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- William Carrier

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Ryan Reaves, Oscar Lindberg, Luca Sbisa, Brad Hunt

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App