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Vegas one win from Stanley Cup Final after Game 4 win over Winnipeg

Golden Knights win 3-2 over Winnipeg to take a 3-1 series lead

May 19, 2018 - 1:12 pm
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The Vegas Golden Knights are only one win away from the Stanley Cup Final after taking Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets. The Golden Knights now hold the 3-1 series lead after the win.

Reilly Smith provided the game-winning goal with 6:58 left in the third period and added an assist in the win, while goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 of 37 shots to help the Golden Knights to victory.

Vegas got off to a hot start again at home with William Karlsson opening the scoring 2:25 into the game with a power play goal, thanks to a set up pass by Jonathan Marchessault. Marchessault's assist was his 18th point of the postseason, tying the record for most points in a player's first trip to the playoffs.

The Jets answered back in the second period as Patrick Laine tied the game at 1-1 halfway through the second period. The Golden Knights responded quickly again, as Tomas Nosek scored only 43-seconds later to help get Vegas their lead back, 2-1. This is not the first time the Golden Knights have responded quickly, Vegas has scored within 90-seconds after a Jets goal four times in this series so far.

The Jets got the game back to even at 2-2 after former Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers scored 5:34 into the third period. However, Vegas got the winner from Smith after he blocked a whiffed shot from Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.

If they win again, Vegas would become the second expansion franchise in the Expansion Era to make the Stanley Cup Finals, joining the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues, who got swept by the Montreal Canadiens.

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