It was déjà vu all over again for the Sharks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Vegas Golden Knights once again scored the game's first goal and once again scored within the game's first five minutes. Vegas capitalized on an Erik Karlsson turnover in the Sharks' offensive zone, and Max Pacioretty gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the first-round series.
AGAIN?! pic.twitter.com/iEi8MttwRU— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) April 17, 2019
The game-opening goal came at a usual time and off the stick of a usual nemesis. Pacioretty has now scored in each of the last three games, and Mark Stone's assist is his ninth point in four games.
In all, the Sharks now have allowed a goal within the first five minutes against the Golden Knights in 10 of 18 meetings in the regular season and playoffs. Slow starts to each period sunk San Jose in Game 3, and the Sharks will once again have to chase the lead in Game 4.