3 Goal Third Give Knights 3-1 Lead

Saturday night Vegas would take Game 3 after their 3-0 win and took the 2-1 series lead and looks to take the commanding 3-1 lead while Vancouver looks to tie the series up at 2 games each.

In order for Vancouver to tie up the series, they are going to need to play a full 60 minute team game and open up the scoring right away.

Vegas Golden Knights Projected Lines and Defencive Pairings

Max Pacioretty — William Karlsson — Mark Stone

Reilly Smith — Paul Stastny — Jonathan Marchessault

Nick Cousins — Nicolas Roy — Alex Tuch

William Carrier — Chandler Stephenson — Ryan Reaves

Shea Theodore — Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt

Zach Whitecloud — Jon Merrill

Marc-Andre Fleury

Robin Lehner

Unfit to Play: Tomas Nosek

Scratched: Dylan Coghlan, Oskar Dansk, Reid Duke, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Nick Holden, Gage Quinney, Patrick Brown

Vancouver Canucks Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tanner Pearson — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli

J.T. Miller — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter

Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg — Jordie Benn

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Unfit to Play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Myers

Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty, Loui Eriksson

1st Period Analysis and Summary

Vancouver would go on the penalty kill with a Too Many Men penalty with Jake Virtanen serving the penalty.

Vegas opens up the scoring with a Max Pacioretty, his fourth in the postseason, power play goal at the 9:26 mark in the period with the assists going to Mark Stone and Jose Theodore.

Vegas goes on their own penalty kill when Chandler Stephenson is called for Interference at the 11:07 mark and Vancouver would strike on the mam advantage just eight seconds later when Elias Pettersson nets his sixth goal in the postseason.

Vegas takes the 2-1 advantage when Chandler Stephenson nets his second goal of the postseason at the 13:19 mark

The first 20 minutes comes to a close with the Vegas Golden Knights leading 2-1

VAN PenaltyToo Many Menserved byJake Virtanen2 min minor09:03
VGK PPGMax Pacioretty (4)Assisted byMark Stone (6)Shea Theodore (9)09:28
VGK PenaltyChandler Stephenson forInterference2 min minor11:07
VAN PPGElias Pettersson (6)Assisted byJ.T. Miller (7)Quinn Hughes (11)11:15
VGK GoalChandler Stephenson (2)Assisted byShea Theodore (10)Alec Martinez (6)13:19

1st Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs10 for 2515 for 25
Power Play1 for 11 for 1

2nd Period Analysis and Summary

Puck possession between both teams in the first four minutes is important for both squads but more important for Vancouver if they want to remain in the contest.

This proves to be a great thing for Vancouver as Bo Horvat ties the score 2-2 with his goal at 4:07 in the period. It would be Horvat’s ninth goal of the postseason. On that goal, J.T. Miller and Alexander Edler are credited with the assists, the eighth and seventh assists in the postseason, respectively.

Marc-Andre Fleury makes fantastic saves to prevent the Canucks from taking the lead on more than one occasion. In order for Vegas to take the lead, the Golden Knights need to stop turning the puck over in their own zone and get the puck out.

Vegas goes on the penalty kill when Chandler Stephenson is called for a hooking call at 10:36.

Vancouver takes their first lead in the game when Tyler Toffoli scores his second goal of the season, a power play goal, at 11:26.

Vegas goes back on the penalty kill with Jonathan Marchessault going to the box for a hi-sticking penalty. Marchessault returns to the penalty box on an interference penalty. Vegas escapes from the two penalties unscathed but the Golden Knights need to stay out of the box if they expect to win this contest.

VAN GoalBo Horvat (9)Assisted byJ.T. Miller (8)Alexander Edler (7)04:07
VGK PenaltyChandler StephensonforHooking2 min minor10:36
VAN PPGTyler Toffoli (2) Assisted byQuinn Hughes (12)J.T. Miller11:26
VGK PenaltyJonathan MarchessaultforHi-sticking2 min minor13:26
VGK PenaltyJonathan MarchessaultforInterference2 min minor16:22

2nd Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs19 for 4728 for 47
Power Play1 for 12 for 4

3rd Period Analysis and Summary

Nate Schmidt ties the game 3-3 with his goal at 2:52 in the period. That goal would be Schmidt’s second in the postseason.

Vegas goes on to re-take the lead at 4-3 when the puck looks to bounce right off of Max Pacioretty’s skate and into the back of the net. Nate Schmidt is credited with the assist on the goal at the 7:02 mark in the period.

The Golden Knights extend the lead to 5-3 when William Karlsson pushes the puck to the net in front of Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom. That goal would be Karlsson’s third in this postseason.

Vancouver’s Antoine Roussel goes to the penalty box for a tripping call at the 10:45 mark and this cna give the Golden Knights the advantage to put the game away for good. Vegas is unsuccessful on the power play but still able to get the puck away from the Canucks.

With less than five minutes remaining in the contest, Vancouver is playing a little desperate hockey. However at 16:08, Marc-Andre Fleury is issued a Delay of Game penalty of hitting the puck over the glass. The penalty is served by Nick Cousins and during the penalty, Vancouver pulls goaltender Jacob Markstrom to bring on the extra attacker for the Canucks.

VGK GoalNate Schmidt (2)Assisted byJon Merrill (1)02:52
VGK GoalMax Pacioretty (5)Assisted byNate Schmidt (6)Mark Stone (7)07:02
VGK GoalWilliam Karlsson (3)Assisted byMax Pacioretty (2)Mark Stone (8)08:29
VAN PenaltyAntoine RousselforTripping2 min minor10:45
VGK PenaltyMarc-Andre FleuryforDelay of Game-Puck over Glass (served by Nick Cousins)2 min minor16:08

3rd Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs24 for 6238 for 62
Power Play1 for 22 for 5

Vegas goes on to win Game 4 by the score of 5-3 and take the series lead 3-1. Game 5 takes place Tuesday evening and the Golden Knights look to advance to their second Western Conference final in three seasons.

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