Golden Knights take commanding 3-1 series lead against Sharks with 5-0 win in Game 4

Despite getting outplayed for the first 40 minutes of the game, the Vegas Golden Knights secured a 5-0 win in Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks on the shoulders of an outstanding performance by Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Knights now hold a 3-1 series lead and are one win away from advancing to the second round.

Fleury made 28 saves for his first shutout of the 2019 postseason, and Max Pacioretty picked up four points with two goals and two helpers, including the game-winning goal.

The Sharks came out strong, testing Fleury with several solid scoring chances in the first minute of the game, but it was Vegas that once again pulled off some early heroics.

Pacioretty picked up a drop pass from Mark Stone in the offensive zone and ripped one past Martin Jones to give the Knights a 1-0 lead just 1:11 into the opening frame.

It was the sixth time in seven periods that Vegas scored a goal in the first two minutes of a period.

Fleury proceeded to keep the Knights in the game, stopping all 18 shots thrown his way as the Sharks poured on the chances throughout the period, which featured five combined penalties between the two teams.

But Shea Theodore scored an absolute beauty of a goal in the final minute of the frame, splitting the San Jose defensemen and beating Jones on a gorgeous deke to give Vegas a stunning 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Aaron Dell replaced Jones to start the second period, but that didn’t keep the Knights from lighting the lamp.

Pacioretty scored the only goal of the period, his second of the game, as Vegas converted on the power play for the fourth straight game.

While the Sharks continued to push, Alex Tuch potted the insurance goal 6:37 into the third period, and Jonathan Marchessault made it 5-0 on a late power play. It was the first goal of the postseason for both players.

Though San Jose controlled possession and was the better team in the first two periods, Vegas took care of business in the third period with a dominant effort, outshooting San Jose 13-2 and managing a 72.73 Corsi For percentage.

Vegas will have a chance to close out the series Thursday night in San Jose.

More to come.

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Author: Jillian Wagner