Canucks top Golden Knights in Game 2 of Western Second Round, even series


Tyler Toffoli scored three points in his return to the lineup, and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 2 to even their Western Conference Second Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Bo Horvat scored twice, Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists, and Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for Vancouver, the No. 5 seed in the West. 

Game 3 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Thursday (9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Alex Tuch and Max Pacioretty scored, and Robin Lehner made 22 saves for the Golden Knights, the No. 1 seed.

Toffoli, who missed the past 10 games (unfit to play), gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 1:29 of the first period, nine seconds into his first shift. It was Toffoli’s first playoff goal since June 1, 2014 with the Los Angeles Kings.

Horvat scored a power-play goal on a snap shot from the slot to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead at 10:59 of the first.

Tuch made it 2-1 on a snap shot from the right face-off circle at 6:34 of the second period.

Pettersson scored on a wrist shot from the slot to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead at 18:35 of the second. 

Horvat gave Vancouver a 4-1 lead with his second goal of the game 18 seconds into the third period.

Pacioretty made it 4-2 with a power-play goal and Lehner pulled for an extra attacker at 18:34 of the third.

Tanner Pearson scored an empty-net goal at 19:30 for the 5-2 final.

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