What caused Sharks' slow starts to each period in Game 3?

Sharks Seek Redemption In Sin City On Sunday Night

Sharks Seek Redemption In Sin City On Sunday Night

Stone got his first goal just 16 seconds into the first period and got two more before the end of the game, earning his first career hat trick.

The line was first matched up against San Jose's Logan Couture-led top unit, then against other combos throughout the evening. Each marker gave the second-year franchise a two-goal advantage, and the second short-handed tally all but clinched Game 2. The Sharks averaged two fewer power plays (4.5) in last year's second-round series against the Golden Knights, and over three fewer (3.25) in four regular-season matchups.

Vegas got off to a fast start when Nate Schmidt went blue line to blue line with a flawless feed through traffic to Stone, who beat Jones with a backhand just 16 seconds into the game.

A few different things can be blamed for the Sharks falling behind two games to one in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series. Later, he got into a flawless position to redirect a feed from Stone into the net at 16:04. Stastny scored again at the 16:04 mark of the second and Stone scored 36 seconds into the third, giving Vegas a 5-1 lead. As of Sunday morning, 51 percent of public bets are siding with viisting San Jose. However, San Jose's euphoria quickly turned to incredulity when the goal was not only waved off for interference but San Jose was penalized as well, putting Vegas on the power play.

Couture got his second of the series when his pass intended for Joe Pavelski was tipped in by Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. San Jose trailed 1-0, but only managed one shot on goal.

"I think at times it probably wasn't direct enough", the Sharks' captain said.

First, Stastny grabbed a rebound between the circles, skated to his left and drove a wrist shot past Jones 21 seconds into the period.

Stone got his third goal when took a pass from Pacioretty, skated in alone and went forehand-backhand to beat Jones with a little more than six minutes to play. It was the ninth time in 17 meetings between the Sharks and Golden Knights, including playoffs, that Vegas has taken a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes of regulation time.

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