Golden Knights defeat Blackhawks in Game 1 of first round

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Reilly Smith scored two goals and had an assist for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series.

Shea Theodore and William Carrier scored in the second period, and Jonathan Marchessault had two assists for the Golden Knights, who are the No. 1 seed in the West after going 3-0-0 in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, the West hub city.

Robin Lehner, who started the season with Chicago before being traded Feb. 24 to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then Vegas, made 19 saves.

David Kampf scored, and Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks, who are the No. 8 seed in the West after winning their best-of-5 qualifier series against the Edmonton Oilers in four games.

Game 2 is Thursday (5:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH).

Theodore gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead on a shot from the top of the right face-off circle that beat Crawford inside the right post at 7:22.

Carrier made it 2-0 when he scored on a wrist shot from the slot at 9:39.

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton challenged that Ryan Reaves was offside prior to the goal, but the call on the ice was upheld by video review. Chicago was assessed a minor penalty for delay of game for the unsuccessful challenge.

Kampf scored shorthanded on a wrist shot from the left circle after taking a pass from Brandon Saad to make it 2-1 at 10:51.

Smith scored on a wrist shot from the right circle that went off Crawford’s blocker and over his right shoulder at 3:32 of the third period to put Vegas ahead 3-1.

Smith extended the lead to 4-1 on a backhand inside the right post while skating down the slot at 8:14 of the third.

Forward Max Pacioretty was minus-1 with four shots on goal in 18:08 for the Golden Knights after missing all three round-robin games.

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