"It was a good game tonight but as soon as we leave we just focus on the next".
Stone, who recorded his first career National Hockey League hat trick in Game 3, easily has been Vegas' best player through the first three games of this first-round series. "As a whole, we're trying to make sure we're playing consistent".
Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Tim Meier scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 34 shots.
Vegas scored goals at the 16-second mark in the first period, the 21-second mark of the second and the 36-second mark of the third, making them just the second team in National Hockey League history with markers in the first minute of all three periods in a playoff game. However, the last time these teams met in Las Vegas, January 10th to be precise, the Sharks emerged with a 3-2 victory courtesy of a pair of third period goals scored 39 seconds apart by Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi.
It was the fastest goal in the playoffs since San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored 15 seconds into a first-round game in 2007.
Pacioretty extended the lead to 2-0 when he fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past Jones at 12:16. Later, he got into a ideal position to redirect a feed from Stone into the net at 16:04. Couture criticized his own line for allowing the Stone line to find second and third opportunities. "We've got to find a way to slow those guys down". However, San Jose's euphoria quickly turned to incredulity when the goal was not only waved off for interference but San Jose was penalized as well, putting Vegas on the power play. "We weren't good enough across the board to win tonight". Then, Meier knocked in a rebound after Gustav Nyquist's shot was stopped, making it 5-3 with a little more than 14 minutes remaining.
"I don't think we had enough participants playing at a high enough level", he said, before adding: "One thing about our group is that they don't quit". That's something we can hang our hat on.
So far each team has won one game.
ORIGINAL STORY The Vegas Golden Knights are back in Las Vegas for game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Vegas is the first franchise in National Hockey League history to hold a lead in each of its first five all-time playoff series.
First, Stastny grabbed a rebound between the circles, skated to his left and drove a wrist shot past Jones 21 seconds into the period.