SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jonathan Marchessault scored the first of Vegas’ three power-play goals and the Golden Knights spoiled San Jose’s first home game in nearly a year with a 3-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday.
Mark Stone and Chandler Stephenson also scored as Vegas took advantage of its first three opportunities with the man advantage to win for the fourth time in five games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves.
“I thought that our entries were a lot better, we kept a pretty simple mindset, move the puck and and try to get shots to the net,” defenseman Alec Martinez said. “They aren’t always going to be pretty. ... You have to get to the hard areas to score goals. That’s what we did.”
Tomas Hertl scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who were unable to get a boost with their return from a season-opening 12-game road trip. Martin Jones made 23 saves.
“I thought we created some things, missed the net on a couple of chances,” defenseman Brent Burns said. “It’s tough. You aren’t going to get a lot from that team. You just have to bear down when you get the chance.”
The Sharks played their first home game since March 8 last year after starting this season with the extended trip. San Jose was given the unbalanced schedule because of local restrictions that banned contact sports and practices, forcing the Sharks to hold training camp in Arizona.
By the time they finally got home, they were unable to get a win thanks to the efficient power play for the Golden Knights.
Marchessault batted in a rebound in the first period, Stone scored on a rebound in the second and Stephenson got his goal when Alex Tuch’s pass deflected off his skate and into the net in the third.