An important Game 3 between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks would take place in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first playoff game in front of the Golden Knights fans since the disappointing loss in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals.
The excitement started immediately for Vegas fans when Mark Stone scored his fourth goal of the postseason 16 seconds into the game. It was the Golden Knights fastest postseason goal in team history. Vegas had an early edge and took advantage of multiple mistakes by San Jose. Sharks forward Evander Kane took back-to-back penalties leading to a power play goal for Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty’s second goal of the postseason gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. San Jose would tack one on late in the period to cut the lead in half 2-1.
Vegas turned it on quickly again out of the break scoring 21 seconds into the second period. Paul Stastny and the second line added another postseason goal to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead. Stastny would punch in another goal to give Vegas a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.
For the third straight period, the Golden Knights jumped out scoring 36 seconds into the final period. Stone scored his second of the game and fifth of the postseason to give Vegas a commanding 5-1 lead. However, the four-goal lead wouldn’t last long. San Jose added two goals within a minute to get within two. The Sharks threat wouldn’t last as Stone would give the Golden Knights a 6-3 on his first career hat trick.
Vegas leads the best-of-seven series over San Jose (2-1) with Game 4 coming up on Tuesday. Game 4 is scheduled for 7:30 pm.