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Stone's Hat Trick Leads Vegas to 6-3 Win

Pacioretty-Stastny-Stone line combined for 12 points to take 2-1 series lead

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

Mark Stone recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career to power the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-3 victory in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Stone brought the crowd to its feet in the first minute of the contest with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Max Pacioretty potted a power-play goal to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead, but Kevin Labanc scored before the end of the period and Vegas carried a 2-1 lead into the second period. Paul Stastny buried his first goal of the playoffs to open the second period and scored again late in the period to put Vegas ahead, 4-1. Stone netted his second of the game early in the third for a four-goal lead before Logan Couture and Timo Meier scored 56 seconds apart to cut the Vegas lead to 5-3. At 13:57 of the final frame, Stone broke in behind the San Jose defense and tucked home his third goal of the game as Vegas picked up the 6-3 win in Game 3.

The Golden Knights led 5-1 early in the third period and seemed to have the win locked up. San Jose netted two quick goals to put a little bit of panic in the minds of the Golden Knights, but Stone's third goal turned the tide back in Vegas' favor.

Mark Stone: Stone posted his first hat trick in the NHL to go along with two assists.

Paul Stastny: Stastny matched Stone with five points as he scored two goals and collected three assists.

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty rounded out Vegas' most productive line with one goal and one assist.

The Golden Knights scored a goal during the first minute of all three periods Sunday night. Stone scored :16 into the first, Stastny struck :21 into the second and Stone tallied again :36 into the third.

After the Sharks stormed out to a 1-0 series lead, Vegas responded with consecutive offensive outbursts to claim a 2-1 series lead.

The Golden Knights look to put the Sharks on the brink at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

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