The Vegas Golden Knights secured their first-round series victory as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in Game 5 to win the series, 4-1, and move on to the second round for the first time since 2018 on Tuesday night in Edmonton.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Chicago took it to the Golden Knights early in the game as Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead. With less than a minute to play in the opening frame, Max Pacioretty scored his first goal of the series to get Vegas on the board. Mark Stone netted the game-tying goal early in the second, but the Blackhawks regained the lead on a Patrick Kane goal less than three minutes later. Alec Martinez buried the Golden Knights' first power-play goal of the series at 7:28 of the frame to level the score at 3-3.
Early in the third, Alex Tuch stormed into the Chicago zone and slipped the puck behind Corey Crawford to give Vegas its first lead of the night. The Golden Knights locked the game down after Tuch's goal and claimed the 4-3 win and the series victory.
Alex Tuch: Tuch's goal in the final frame stood as the series-winning goal.
Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty registered his first two points in the series (1G, 1A) to help Vegas to the victory.
William Karlsson: Karlsson recorded a pair of assists in the win for the Golden Knights.
STAT OF THE KNIGHT
Though it didn't happen at T-Mobile Arena, the series-clinching win was the first in Golden Knights franchise history as the home team. It was Vegas' fourth series win since 2018.
Game 1: Vegas 4, Chicago 1
Game 2: Vegas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
Game 3: Vegas 2, Chicago 1
Game 4: Chicago 3, Vegas 1
Game 5: Vegas 4, Chicago 3
Vegas awaits the lowest remaining seed in the Western Conference at the end of the First Round. The start of round two is yet to be determined.