Golden Knights shut out Canucks in Game 3, take series lead

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Robin Lehner made 32 saves, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 3 to take the lead in their Western Conference Second Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.

Lehner’s shutout is his second in the series after he made 26 saves in a 5-0 win in Game 1 on Aug. 23.

Alex Tuch, Zach Whitecloud and Mark Stone scored for the Golden Knights, the No. 1 seed in the West.

Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves for the Canucks, the No. 5 seed.

Teams that win Game 3 after a Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 1-1 are 218-107 (67.1 percent) winning a best-of-7 series, including 3-1 in the first round. 

Game 4 will be in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). 

Tuch gave Vegas a 1-0 lead at 4:05 of the first period, skating in on a breakaway after receiving a lofted pass from Nicolas Roy and beating Markstrom glove side from the left circle.

The Golden Knights are 7-0-0 when scoring first in the postseason.

Whitecloud made it 2-0 at 5:28 of the first following a turnover by Quinn Hughes in the Canucks zone. Whitecloud took a drop pass from Max Pacioretty and scored on a wrist shot past Markstrom, who was screened by Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev

Stone extended the lead to 3-0 on a power play with a snap shot from the right face-off circle at 2:19 of the third period.

Lehner made 16 saves in the first period, with nine coming against three Vancouver power play chances, including three during a 5-on-3. Lehner is 4-4-0 in nine games against the Canucks (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs), with each of his four wins coming via shutout.

The game was rescheduled from Thursday after the players on the eight remaining teams decided not to play as a form of protest against systemic racism and police brutality.

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