Bordeleau’s shootout goal caps stunning comeback, as Sharks beat Golden Knights

Bordeleau’s shootout goal caps stunning comeback, as Sharks beat Golden Knights

After a frantic Sharks comeback in the final minutes of the third period to tie their game with the Vegas Golden Knights, including a goal with a fraction of a second remaining, Thomas Bordeleau finished off the night in memorable fashion.

Bordeleau scored in the third round of the shootout, deking out Vegas goalie Logan Thompson after James Reimer didn’t allow a goal at the other end as the Sharks earned a remarkable 5-4 win Sunday over the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

The Sharks erased a two-goal deficit in the last three minutes of regulation time, as Nick Bonino scored with 2:56 left to cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 4-3 before Timo Meier scored with 0.9 seconds remaining off an assist from Logan Couture to tie the game.

Vegas had taken a 4-2 lead on Nicolas Roy’s goal at the 6:35 mark of the third period.

For the game, Bonino scored twice, Tomas Hertl added one, and goalie Reimer had 42 saves in a remarkable performance for the Sharks.

The Sharks’ win snapped their 11-game losing streak to the Golden Knights, an 0-9-2 skid that dated back two-plus seasons.

Meier had a great chance to score in the second period after he came out of the penalty box, but was denied by Logan Thompson on a breakaway chance. The Sharks were also unable to convert on their lone power-play opportunity later in the second.

The Sharks return home for a Tuesday game against the Anaheim Ducks, then finish the season with road games against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Seattle Kraken on Friday.

Even though the series between the two teams has been one-sided, since midway through the 2019-2020 season, the games have usually featured a fair amount of hostility.

Now, though, the Golden Knights are fighting for their playoff lives, as they entered Sunday four points back of Dallas and Nashville for the two wild-card spots in the Western Conference.

Vegas, with 89 points, also had a chance to catch Los Angeles (96) for third place in the Pacific Division if it won its last four games and the Kings lost their final two.

“It’s the biggest game of the year for Vegas, and hopefully that brings a little bit of extra importance for us,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said.

The Sharks, of course, would have loved to have been the ones to cripple the Golden Knights’ playoff aspirations.

In recent weeks, the Sharks lost twice to Dallas and once to teams like Minnesota, Vancouver, Nashville, and Edmonton, who are all either chasing a playoff spot or jockeying for postseason seeding.

“We can maybe knock them out of the playoffs,” winger Timo Meier said Saturday night after the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. “We obviously have a rivalry against them, so we’ve got to play hard tomorrow and focus on those last couple of games.”

Boughner didn’t mind hearing Meier’s honest comments.

“I do like that,” Boughner said. “Thinking about it already and knowing what they’re going to be into, I think that’s important. When young…

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