LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 15th playoff shutout and Vegas defeated the Sharks 5-0 on Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference series.
Vegas can eliminate the Sharks from the postseason for the second consecutive year Thursday night at SAP Center.
Since losing Game 1 on the road, the Golden Knights have not trailed and they’ve outscored the Sharks 16-6.
Fleury, who made 28 saves and has stopped 87 of 93 shots in the past three games, improved his career goals-against average in the playoffs to 2.58.
Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas. Nate Schmidt and Reilly Smith each had two assists.
The Sharks outshot Vegas 28-27. After the first two periods, San Jose had 15 shots on net from the slot, but Fleury’s brilliance throughout the game was the difference.
San Jose goaltender Martin Jones allowed two goals and made five saves in the first period before giving way to backup Aaron Dell, who finished with 17 saves.
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The Sharks were without injured center Michael Haley and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. San Jose center Joe Thornton served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Vegas left wing Tomas Nosek in Game 3.
Briefly: The Golden Knights are the first team in NHL history to score in the opening 90 seconds of four consecutive postseason periods. … Pacioretty’s first goal marked the 10th time in 18 games the Golden Knights scored in the opening five minutes against San Jose. … The second line of Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Paul Stastny has generated 28 points in the series. The rest of the team has 21.
W.G. Ramirez is an Associated Press writer.
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