Golden Knights rally in third period, defeat Avalanche in Game 3

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights rallied to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Colorado leads the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is here on Sunday.

Vegas scored twice in 45 seconds in the third period to complete the comeback. Jonathan Marchessault tied it 2-2 at 14:42 when he banked his attempt off goalie Philipp Grubauer from below the goal line.

Max Pacioretty made it 3-2 at 15:27 on a deflection from Nick Holden‘s shot from the point. 

William Karlsson scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for the Golden Knights, the No. 2 seed in the Honda West Division.

Mikko Rantanen scored for the fourth straight game, and Grubauer made 39 saves for the Avalanche, the No. 1 seed who lost in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time this season (6-1).

Vegas outshot Colorado 14-3 in the first period and 43-20 in the game. 

Karlsson scored at 4:38 of the second period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead, their first of the series. Karlsson kicked the puck to himself after Grubauer stopped Alex Pietrangelo‘s shot from the point and scored with the backhand.

Carl Soderberg tied it 1-1 1:29 later on the rebound from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare‘s shot from the left circle.

Rantanen gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 5:04 of the third period on the power play with a shot from above the right circle to extend his playoff point streak to 17 games.

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