EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Sport 3 of their Western Conference semifinal sequence Saturday night.
Alex Tuch, bought his seventh diagram of the postseason, and Brand Stone and Zack Whitecloud moreover scored to motivate Vegas steal 2-1 sequence lead.
Lehner bought his second profession playoff shutout — and the second of the sequence. He blanked Vancouver 5-0 in the sequence opener and improved to 7-2 in the return-to-play match.
Jacob Markstrom carried out with 31 saves for Vancouver.
Sport 4 is Sunday night.
Lehner, bought on the alternate in the good deal of-off date from Chicago in a 3-team deal that moreover incorporated Toronto, became the difference early.
Vancouver came out flying in the predominant duration, outshooting Vegas 16-10 and playing a 78-second 5-on-3 vitality play. Lehner turned aside a wealth of excessive-quality scoring possibilities: point-smooth one-timers, blasts off the transition, redirects, and loose pucks bouncing thru the blue paint.
Tuch scored first at 4: 05 of the predominant duration. Racing in paunchy flight thru the neutral zone, he ruin up the protection, settled down a bouncing stretch scurry from Nicolas Roy and delivered a laborious shot past Markstrom into the finish corner.
Perfect 83 seconds later, it became 2-0 when Whitecloud pounced on a loose puck on the lawful faceoff circle, fired it thru internet page traffic and in.
Early in the third, Stone roofed a fluttering puck from the faceoff circle on the vitality play for a 3-0 earnings. It became his second diagram of the sequence and sixth of the playoffs.
The groups had no longer performed since Tuesday. The NHL did not play its scheduled games Thursday or Friday after avid gamers in the Edmonton and Toronto playoff sites made it decided they wished to construct an announcement to highlight the issues of social injustice, systemic racism and police brutality.
For Vancouver, the tell Sunday shall be Markstrom and puck fatigue. The 30-year-outmoded Swede is anticipated to open his 14th game in 29 days and his third support-to-support contest. He has been the backbone of the Canucks’ playoff success nonetheless has repeatedly been facing bigger than 30 shots an night in the put up-season.
His backup is Thatcher Demko. Demko has started proper 34 games over his first three seasons and has no longer performed in the playoffs with the exception of for some mop-up time in the third duration in the 5-0 loss.
Vegas has experienced aged Marc-Andre Fleury in reserve. Fleury has spelled Lehner once in the round-robin sequence and all over again for one game in the predominant round towards the Chicago Blackhawks. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer has mentioned the opinion is to play both.