The Sharks were on the right side of a hot start in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series.
After allowing the game's first goal in three straight losses, San Jose opened the scoring Thursday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. Tomas Hertl fired a shot over Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's right shoulder, and gave the Sharks their first 1-0 lead since Game 1.
It was the Sharks' first lead in general since Game 1, too. San Jose last led when the buzzer sounded on a 5-2 win last Wednesday. With nine minutes left in the period, Logan Couture added to it and put the Sharks up 2-0.
The best-of-seven series is in a slightly different place than it was at the time, as the Sharks are now on the brink of elimination from the postseason. San Jose emphasized the importance of getting on the board early, and Hertl's goal accomplished just that.
But is it too little, too late?