Fleury, Golden Knights defeat Blackhawks in Game 3 of Western First Round


Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.

William Karlsson and Patrick Brown scored for the top-seeded Golden Knights, who have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series and have won six straight games to start the NHL postseason.

Teams with a 3-0 lead are 190-4 (97.9 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Fleury replaced Robin Lehner, who won Games 1 and 2. He hadn’t played since Aug. 6, a 6-4 win against the St. Louis Blues in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Game 4 is in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Sunday (6:30 ET; NBCSN, SN360, SN1, NBCSCH, ATTSN-RM).

Olli Maatta scored, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves for Chicago, the No. 8 seed in the West.

Karlsson scored a shorthanded goal on a backhand from the right circle to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 4:12 of the first period.

Brown scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs off a rebound from the slot for a 2-0 lead at 15:23 of the second period.

Maatta scored on a wrist shot from the left circle to make it 2-1 at 6:21 of the third.

Vegas was without forwards Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek, each unfit to play. Forward Max Pacioretty, unfit to play in Game 2, returned to the lineup.

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

Fleury moved into a sixth-place tie with Ken Dryden with 80 career NHL playoff wins.

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