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
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.