Las Vegas – Max Pacioretti had two goals and two assists, Mark-André Flerry earned 15 titles in the playoffs and the Golden Knights of Vegas defeated San Jose Sharks 5-0 on Tuesday evening for a 3-1 lead in the best of the seven Western Conference series .
Vegas can eliminate sharks from the post-season for the second consecutive year in San Jose.
After losing game 1 on the road, the Golden Knights never lagged behind and surpassed the sharks 15-6.
Flerie, who made 28 saves and stopped 87 of 93 shots in the last three games, improved his career goals – against the average of the playoffs to 2.58.
Shea Theodore, Alex Tukh and Jonathan Marquez scored for Vegas. Nate Schmidt and Riley Smith had two assists.
Sharks came out from Vegas 28-27. After the first two periods San Jose had 15 strikes on the net from the slot, but the brilliance of Flerie during the game was the difference.
Martin Jones of San Jose allowed two goals and made five saves in the first period, before giving Aaron Del, who finished with 17 saves.
The sharks were without injured centers, Michael Hayley and defender Mark-Eduard Vlasic. The San Jose Center, Jo Thornton Center, was suspended for an illegal hit on the left wing of Legas Thomas Nosek in the game 3.
The Golden Knights continued to hurt sharks during the first moments of the period. Mark Stone surprised the package for Pacioretty, who immediately used the shot through the screen for his third goal in the playoffs. With the help, Stone became the eighth player in the last 30 seasons to have 10 or more points in his first four seasons post-season.
Theodore made 2-0 with the best goal of the series. He entered the zone and Kevin Lacan, then betrayed Brent Barnes and equalized them between All-Star and Brandon Dillon, through the slot and denied Jones before returning the package only inside the tube.
After seeing his first strike blocked by Dell, Pacioretty slammed into the second goal of the night, when he scored the record from the position and in the net with 7:27 remained in the second period.
Tuch finished the drought of eight games when they gathered together with a long jump, maneuvered defense and defeated Dell 4-0 with just under 14 minutes.
Tukh's goal marked the 13th time in San Jose's defense Eric Carlson was at the ice when he reached the Golden Knights. Sharks won Carlson in September, hoping to strengthen their defense, but neither he nor Barnes did not play as All-Stars during the series.
Marquez retained his achievement when he finished with a great pass from Schmidt with 3:36 remaining.
NOTES: The Golden Knights are the first ever NHL team to score 90 seconds after four consecutive post-season periods. … The first goal of Pacioretty marked the tenth time in 18 matches, the Golden Knights scored five minutes against San Jose. … The second line of Pacioretty, Stone and Paul Stastny created 28 points in the series, while the rest of the team has 21 combined.
Game 5 in San Jose on Thursday.