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NHL history shows Game 5 will be pivotal for Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) grab each other after a scuffle during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco

Marc-Andre Fleury stated the obvious when he characterized Friday’s Game 5 as the biggest game to date for the Golden Knights.

The veteran goaltender knows from experience, having faced the same scenario four times during his career in Pittsburgh.

But there’s also scientific evidence to support Fleury’s assertion.