Leading 2-1, the best thing the Vegas club could do was score again. and that's exactly what they did.
For the third time in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights needed overtime to decide the victor.
The Golden Knights remain small series favorites despite splitting the first two games, and they enjoyed some success at San Jose during the regular season, winning 5-3 in the first meeting there and then falling 2-1 in overtime with backup goalie Malcolm Subban in net. The series moves to the Shark Tank for Game 3, with both teams looking to take the lead in the series.
In a surprising game one, Boston quickly jumped out to an early lead, surprising hockey fans who expected Tampa Bay to completely dominate Boston in a quick four-game series sweep.
The lead lasted 161 seconds, before a Vegas onslaught gave the road team a two-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
The Sharks opened the scoring with a power play goal by Timo Meier and appeared to be in complete control of the game with more than double the shots on goal.
James Neal found Colin Miller streaking in front of the goal and Miller flipped the puck over a diving Jones to tie the game 1-1. Of course, it's not over, but Wednesday becomes a must-win situation for San Jose.
He's been the best player in this series, and a major reason why Vegas is halfway to advancing to the Conference Finals in its inaugural season. At the defensive end of the ice, they were have been very solid so far as they come in ranked 4th in goals allowed, giving up 2.33 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (32.5 spg) and 10th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.8% of their chances. The two meetings in San Jose were split this season and the Sharks won the more recent contest 2-1 in overtime on March 22.
Gerard Gallant challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld after review.
Vegas entered the third period with a 3-1 lead but the Sharks rallied to tie the game 3-3 and force sudden death overtime.
Miller and Marchessault's goals came on the power play, redeeming the Golden Knights' of a poor performance on the special teams during Saturday night's loss in Las Vegas.
They had to pull Martin Jones to get the tying goal when Hertl's dramatic tally at the 18:03 mark stunned the confident Golden Knights. After Hertl's penalty, the Sharks did not attempt a five-on-five shot for the remainder of the second period.
Although the Penguins are the back-to-back champs and have beaten the Capitals in the second round the past two years, expect to see the Capitals keep up the offensive pressure to push the series to seven games. Coach Jon Cooper could have opted to make changes.
NOTES: Sharks F Joonas Donskoi (lower body) sat out. Barclay Goodrow stayed in the lineup, while Evander Kane drew back in after serving his suspension.