Tomas Hertl’s goal gives Sharks win, sends series to Game 7

LAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference first-round series.

Just 31 seconds after Sharks wing Barclay Goodrow was called for slashing Brayden McNabb, Hertl corralled Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s pass at center ice and skated in to beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot to force the deciding game Tuesday in San Jose.

Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones had a playoff career-high 58 saves. San Jose has won two straight since being pushed to the brink of elimination.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas, and Fleury stopped 27 shots.

Jones may have saved his best performance for Game 6, coming up with big saves to keep the Sharks in the game with huge saves while under rapid fire.

With Vegas carrying momentum over from Marchessault’s goal that tied the score with 8:40 left in the second period, and a penalty kill that carried into the third, Jones’ biggest save came against Reilly Smith, whose point-blank one-timer was stymied. Moments later Jones stopped Mark Stone’s slap shot from the circle.

The Sharks got on the board just before the end of the first period, when Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland misplayed the puck in the neutral zone, and Couture gathered the puck, maneuvered around Vegas’ Nate Schmidt and fired a shot past Fleury’s glove to give San Jose a 1-0 with 6.5 seconds on the clock.

Marchessault tied it as he gathered a rebound off Shea Theodore’s shot from the point, and lifted the puck over Jones’ right pad with a backhand,. It gave Marchessault a goal in three consecutive games, and at least one point in four straight.

San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon came up with a big play late in the third period. Theodore caught Nosek in stride with long stretch pass, but Dillon did a good job of not taking a penalty while his swiping poke check kept Nosek from even making an attempt on Jones.

Both goalies came up with big saves during the first extra period, first with Fleury stopping Kevin Labanc just after the puck drop, and later when Jones stopped Max Pacioretty’s one-timer with 9:57 left. But the biggest moment came with roughly three minutes left in the first overtime, when Fleury and Vegas defensemen Jon Merrill and Colin Miller combined to make several saves and keep the game going.

W.G. Ramirez is an Associated Press writer.

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