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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Vegas, 2-1, in Game 3

Chicago can't complete Game 3 comeback after falling behind early to Vegas

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks fell behind early and couldn't fight their way back against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3, falling 2-1 on Saturday night. Chicago trails 3-0 in the best-of-seven series and will be fighting for their playoff lives on Sunday evening in Game 4

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Corey Crawford made just 24 saves, but came up big on several occasions, especially in the second period to keep the Blackhawks in the game. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Patrick Kane logged his 80th career playoff assist to become just the third player in Blackhawks history to reach the mark. 

UP NEXT: It's a quick turnaround for Chiacgo and Vegas, meeting on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for Game 4 of the series. 

Video: VGK@CHI, Gm3: Crawford uses his glove to deny Schmidt


GAME RECAP

Vegas struck first in Game 3 with a shorthanded tally just 4:12 into the contest. While on an early power play, Duncan Keith was unable to corral a pass at the blue line and Mark Stone pounced on the opportunity, gaining possession and feeding William Karlsson on the rush for the 1-0 lead while down a man. 

The Golden Knights doubled the lead late in the second period. Alex Tuch drove the offensive zone in an odd-man rush and put a shot on goal that fell into the path of Patrick Brown for the put-back score past a sprawled Crawford in goal at 15:23 of the period. 

Just past the quarter pole in the third, Olli Maatta scored his third of the postseason on a solo effort jumping up into the play. Fed on the weak side of the ice, the defenseman broght the puck through the neutral zone and put a wrister on net from the top of the circle that squeaked under Marc-Andre Fleury's arm and tickled into the goal to make it a 2-1 game at 6:21. 

Video: VGK@CHI, Gm3: Maatta beats Fleury to trim deficit

Crawford went to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:50 left on the clock as Chicago pushed for the equalizer, but one could not be found. Vegas held on for the 2-1 victory in Game 3. 

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