Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, left, celebrates after scoring opposite a San Jose Sharks during a initial duration of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff array game, Sunday, Apr 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
After losing in a Stanley Cup Final final June, a Vegas Golden Knights looked to accelerate their brazen abyss by trade for Max Pacioretty and signing Paul Stastny before a season. At a trade deadline, they dealt for Mark Stone.
Those moves that shaped one of a many prolific lines in hockey paid dividends Sunday night.
Stone had 3 goals and dual assists, and a Golden Knights kick a San Jose Sharks 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
It was Stone’s initial career shawl trick.
Stastny had dual goals and 3 assists, and Pacioretty had a idea and an support as Vegas prisoner another high-scoring matchup with San Jose. Defenseman Shea Theodore had 3 assists and Marc-Andre Fleury done 25 saves.
“We know we have some-more to give and we wish to minister for a team,” pronounced Stone, who leads a joining with 6 goals in a playoffs. “Obviously, we’re adding matchup problems for other teams and we only wish to continue to play a diversion and not wandering divided from it. As a whole, we’re perplexing to make certain we’re personification consistent.”
Stastny, who leads a joining with 6 assists in a postseason, is tied with Stone for a joining lead with 8 points. Pacioretty sits third with 6 points.
“I consider we’re formulating a lot of chances off turnovers, and that’s a pivotal to a success,” Stastny said. “We’re not a fastest line, though we have good sticks, we have good anticipation, we know how to review any other.”
The Golden Knights and Sharks scored 15 times while bursting a initial dual games in San Jose. Game 4 of a best-of-seven array is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Tim Meier scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 34 shots.
After removing outplayed in Game 1, a fortifying Western Conference champs have used their physicality to browbeat a final dual games, outhitting a Sharks 46-31 in Game 2 and 56-42 in Game 3.
The Golden Knights also used quick starts to set a tone, scoring a idea inside a initial 36 seconds of any of a 3 periods.
Vegas got off to a quick start when Nate Schmidt went blue line to blue line with a ideal feed by trade to Stone, who kick Jones with a backhand only 16 seconds into a game. Pacioretty’s wrist shot from a tip of a right round during 12:16 extended Vegas’ lead to 2-0.
Stastny accounted for both of Vegas’ goals in a second as a Knights non-stop a 4-1 lead, including one only 21 seconds into a period, when he grabbed a miscarry between a circles and gathering a wrist shot past Jones. Later, he got into a ideal position to route a feed from Stone into a net during 16:04.
Stone scored only 36 seconds into a third, when he buried a miscarry into a wide-open net, pulling Vegas’ lead to 5-1.
“We found a approach to get a integrate goals early, and we carried a movement a lot,” Vegas manager Gerard Gallant said. “It was a earthy game, we played genuine trained and that’s what my categorical regard is, we didn’t take a whole lot of penalties tonight and we suspicion we played a good game.”
San Jose quieted a throng and put Vegas on a heels when it rallied in a third with a span of goals to get within two.
Couture got his second of a array when his pass dictated for Joe Pavelski was sloping in by Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. Then, Meier knocked in a miscarry after Gustav Nyquist’s shot was stopped, creation it 5-3 with a small some-more than 14 mins remaining.
“I don’t consider we had adequate participants personification during a high adequate level. … The one thing about a organisation is they don’t quit,” San Jose manager Peter DeBoer said. “They haven’t, regardless of a scoreboard. That’s something we can hang a shawl on. (But) we didn’t do adequate to win tonight.”
Stone got his third idea when took a pass from Pacioretty, skated in alone and went forehand-backhand to kick Jones with a small some-more than 6 mins to play.
NOTES: The Golden Knights sealed brazen Nikita Gusev to a one-year, entry-level agreement and design a Moscow local to join a organisation for use on Monday. Gusev, 26, had a Kontinental Hockey League-high 82 points in 62 regular-season games. During a KHL playoffs, he available 19 points, that ranked second in a league. … The Golden Knights are a 13th organisation in NHL history, and third in a final 30 years, to measure in a opening notation of back-to-back playoff games. … Vegas is a initial authorization in NHL story to reason a lead in any of a initial 5 all-time playoff series. … San Jose LW Michael Haley left in a second duration after injuring his left ankle on a blocked shot and did not return.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.