The Sharks' growing rivalry with the Vegas Golden Knights will continue right away when the 2019-20 regular season begins.
The Sharks will start on the road, where they'll play Vegas on Oct. 2, before coming home to play the Golden Knights two days later on Oct. 4 at SAP Center, the NHL announced Friday.
We're hosting the Sharks for our home opener, and we just have one question
IS IT OCTOBER YET?????
More: https://t.co/iL5XN3XT7t pic.twitter.com/hXhE296txL— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 21, 2019
Get ready to #TurnUpTheTank on October 4. pic.twitter.com/L9ymRV8W8T— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 21, 2019
The Chicago Blackhawks also will host the Sharks for their home opener, which will be played Oct. 10.
The Sharks took down Vegas in their first-round playoff series last season with one of the greatest comebacks ever. After taking the first game at home, the Sharks lost three straight before winning three in a row to advance to the second round. San Jose stormed back from a three-goal deficit in the third period of Game 7 to pull off an unreal 5-4 overtime victory.
It didn't come without controversy, too.
The Sharks were given a five-minute power play in the third period after captain Joe Pavelski was taken out of the game by Vegas' Cody Eakins in a gruesome scene. The NHL apologized days later to the Golden Knights for the penalty call, but they surely haven't forgotten what transpired.
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There's bound to be plenty of animosity on the ice right away between these teams to kick off the season.
Let the games begin.