Golden Knights rally past Canucks in Game 4, extend series lead


The Vegas Golden Knights scored three goals in a 5:37 span in the third period to rally for a 5-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 and extend their lead in the Western Conference Second Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.

Nate Schmidt tied it 3-3 on a one-timer from the right point at 2:52 of the third, Max Pacioretty made it 4-3 at 7:02 when a return pass from Schmidt redirected off his stick into the net, and William Karlsson scored at the right post at 8:29 for the 5-3 final.

Pacioretty finished with two goals and an assist, and Shea Theodore had two assists for Vegas, the No. 1 seed in the West.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in his first start since a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the first round on Aug. 15.

Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Tyler Toffoli scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves for the Canucks, the No. 5 seed. 

Teams with a 3-1 lead are 284-29 (90.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 6-0 in the first round this season. 

Game 5 will be in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Tuesday (9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Pacioretty scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 9:28 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. 

Pettersson tied it 1-1 at 11:15 on a power play with a snap shot from the right face-off circle that beat Fleury over his glove.

Chandler Stephenson gave Vegas a 2-1 lead on a snap shot on a 3-on-2 rush at 13:19 of the first. 

Horvat jammed a shot off the back of the right skate of Fleury from the left post to tie it 2-2 at 4:07 of the second period, and Toffoli scored a power-play goal on a shot from the slot at 11:26 to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead.

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