Vegas Advances to West Final with 3-0 win

It is win or go home for both squads tonight. Vegas looks to close the series out after getting blown out last night and Vancouver looks to come back from being down 3-1 and advance to their first Western Conference final since 2011.

Vancouver Canucks Lines and Defencive Pairings

J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Tyler Toffoli

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter

Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty, Loui Eriksson, Jordie Benn, Jake Kielly

Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Jacob Markstrom, Michael DiPietro

Vegas Golden Knights Lines and Defencive Pairings

Max Pacioretty — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson  — Reilly Smith

William Carrier — Tomas Nosek  — Ryan Reaves

Nicolas Roy — Paul Stastny — Alex Tuch

Alec Martinez — Shea Theodore

Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt

Nick Holden — Zach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Patrick Brown, Dylan Coghlan, Oscar Dansk, Reid Duke, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Jon Merrill, Gage Quinney, Nick Cousins

Unfit to play: 

1st Period Analysis and Summary

Vancouver would have issues getting shots off throughout the first eight minutes of the contest, as the Canucks would not get their first shot on goal until well after seven minutes into the period.

Vegas goes on their first Power Play after a Vancouver penalty is issued for Interference at 12:36. Vegas was unable to take advantage of the extra man and the contest remains scoreless at 14:59.

Vegas thus far is laying out the heavy hits and Vancouver is a bit slow to get to the puck after said heavy hits. Vegas goes to the penalty kill when Nicolas Roy is issued a tripping call at 18:18. The first period ends with no score. When the second period begins, the Canucks will be on the power play for 18 seconds.

VAN PenaltyJake Virtanenfor Interference2 min minor12:36
VGK PenaltyNicolas Royfor Tripping2 min minor18:18

1st Period Stats

Vancouver CanucksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs7 for 147 for 14
Power Play0 for 1 (:18 left on PP)0 for 1

2nd Period Analysis and Summary

The Vancouver Canucks power play comes to an end and a couple of minutes later, the Canucks are back on the Power Play after Max Pacioretty is dealt a minor penalty for Slashing at 1:53. The power play comes to an end with the Canucks registering no shots on either if the two power plays they have had thus far.

Vegas has not been playing a crisp game and they’re shots are either too short or are wide of the net. If Vegas wants to win this contest, they’re going to need to make more crisp passes and connect more to the net with shots.

At the halfway point in the contest, Vancouver has only managed a single shot in the second period. With play like that, it is very difficult to produce any kind of results.

Vegas heads to their second power play when the Canucks Alexander Edler is dealt a minor for holding the stick at 12:31. Vegas goes on the penalty kill when Ryan Reaves is dealt a major penalty for an illegal check to the head at 16:30. Reaves is also issued a game misconduct, ending his night.

The second period comes to and end with the no score. When the third period begins, there will be 1:30 left on the 5 minute Power Play.

VGK PenaltyMax PaciorettyforSlashing2 min minor1:53
VAN PenaltyAlexander EdlerforHolding the stick2 min minor12:31
VGK PenaltyRyan Reaves (served by William Carrier) forIllegal Check to the Head 5 min major16:30
VGK Ryan ReavesGame Misconduct10 min16:30

2nd Period Stats

Vancouver CancuksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs20 for 3313 for 33
Power Play0 for 2 (1:30 left on PP)0 for 2

3rd Period Analysis and Summary

The power play comes to an end with Vancouver only getting one shot during the five minute man-advantage. The Canucks still are having issues getting shots off in the period although Thatcher Demko has made spectacular saves throughout the contest for Vancouver.

Max Pacioretty is called for Hooking at 10:11, the fourth Vegas penalty on the night. J.T. Miller goes to the box on a hooking call at 13:47. Vegas needs to make something happen on the power play. Before the power play begins, they end up calling a timeout to set up the plan for the power play.

The timeout works as Vegas strikes just five seconds into the power play. Shea Theodore is credited with the goal, his sixth in the postseason. Reilly Smith is credited with the assist, his ninth in the postseason.

Vancouver pulls Thatcher Demko with 2:32 left in the period to bring on the extra attacker in hopes of extending the season but that does not work. Vegas scores the empty net at 17:54. Alex Tuch is credited with the goal, his eighth. Paul Stastny is credited with the assist, his third.

Vegas sticks the dagger in with the second empty net goal with 6 seconds remaining and the Golden Knights advance to their 2nd Western Conference Final in three seasons with the 3-0 win.

VGK PenaltyMax PaciorettyforHooking2 min minor10:11
VAN PenaltyJ.T. MillerforHooking2 min minor13:47
VGK PP GoalShea Theodore (6)Assisted byReilly Smith (9)13:52
VGK EN GoalAlex Tuch (8)Assisted byPaul Stastny (3)17:54
VGK EN GoalPaul Stastny (2)19:54

3rd Period Stats

Vancouver CanucksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs35 for 5924 for 59
Power Play0 for 41 for 3

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals is Sunday night at 8 pm ET/6 pm MT.

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