Chandler Stephenson scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights eradicated the Winnipeg Jets from their Western Convention opening-round collection with a 4-1 victory on Thursday evening.
The Golden Knights turned the primary workforce to advance to the second spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Vegas, which entered the league and went to the Stanley Cup Ultimate in its inaugural season in 2018, is now 42-29 within the postseason.
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Mark Stone added a objective and two assists and William Karlsson additionally scored for the Golden Knights. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 30 saves. Vezina Trophy candidate Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves for the Jets and Kyle Connor scored late within the third interval to damage Brossoit’s shutout bid.
Stephenson put Vegas on the board first simply 50 seconds into the sport when he took a feed from Stone and beat Hellebuyck earlier than he might again to the suitable facet of the crease.
Main 1-0 after one interval, the Golden Knights opened the floodgates with three second-period targets.
Stone, 42 seconds in, gathered a bouncing puck and ripped a wrist shot from the slot to double Vegas’ lead, 2-0.
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Subsequent, Karlsson completed Michael Amadio’s backhand go between two Jets with a one-timer from the doorstep.
Stephenson grabbed his second objective of the sport when he snapped a one-timer from the left circle throughout an influence play halfway by the second interval.
Groups that maintain a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven collection now maintain a collection file of 300-31 (.906).
ROSTER UPDATES: Nikolaj Ehlers, Karson Kuhlman and Kyle Capobianco made their 2023 Stanley Cup Playoff debuts for the Jets on Thursday evening. Vegas was with out Shea Theodore, Phil Kessel and Brayden McNabb, as all three sat out. In the meantime, Vegas D Ben Hutton, 30, appeared in his first profession Stanley Cup Playoff sport.
CHAN, TO THE MAX: Stephenson recorded a number of factors in every of Vegas’ final 4 video games, becoming a member of former Golden Knight Max Pacioretty as the one gamers in franchise historical past to have a streak of 4 or extra contests.
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STONE COLD: After lacking 39 video games throughout the common season, attributable to his second again surgical procedure in lower than a yr, Stone made fairly a return to the lineup. The 30-year-old registered two three-point video games within the opening-round collection. He beforehand had two video games with not less than three factors in his playoff profession.