Robin Lehner made 26 saves for his first NHL postseason shutout, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday.
Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone each had a goal and an assist, and Shea Theodore had two assists for the Golden Knights, the No. 1 seed in the West.
Teams that win Game 1 are 485-220 (68.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series, including 7-1 in the first round this season.
Game 2 is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Tuesday (9:45 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Lehner, acquired in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24 after the Chicago Blackhawks traded him to Toronto earlier that day, has started seven postseason games for Vegas (6-1-0). He was 3-0-0 in three regular-season games for the Golden Knights before the NHL paused the season March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
Lehner improved to 3-3-0 in seven games against the Canucks, with each of the three wins a shutout.
Jacob Markstrom allowed five goals on 34 shots in 51:34, and Thatcher Demko made five saves in relief for the Canucks, the No. 5 seed in the West.
Jonathan Marchessault scored on a wrist shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle to give Vegas a 1-0 lead at 11:37 of the first period.
The Golden Knights scored three goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.
Smith scored on a rebound on the power play to make it 2-0 at 2:13; Stone deflected a shot for a 3-0 lead at 11:35; and Tuch caught up to a pass by Nick Cousins from the Vegas zone inside the Vancouver end and scored on the rush to make it 4-0 at 16:34.
Max Pacioretty made it 5-0 at 10:47 into the third period.
Vegas is 6-0-0 when scoring first in the postseason.