Marchessault, Golden Knights defeat Avalanche in Game 4, even series


LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored a hat trick, and the Vegas Golden Knights evened the Stanley Cup Second Round with a 5-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

William Karlsson had three assists for the Golden Knights, the No. 2 seed in the Honda West Division. Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves.

Brandon Saad scored for the Avalanche, the No. 1 seed. Colorado has lost consecutive games after winning its first six in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves.

Game 5 of the best-of-7 series is at Colorado on Tuesday.

Saad gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 1:50 of the first period on a rebound of J.T. Compher‘s shot from above the right circle.

Marchessault tied it 1-1 with the first of five straight goals for Vegas at 7:07 after Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth turned the puck over below the goal line. Reilly Smith‘s initial shot hit the crossbar, but Marchessault scored on a tap-in from the crease on a pass from Karlsson.

Max Pacioretty gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead at 1:11 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left circle.

Marchessault made it 3-1 on the power play at 11:28 on a one-timer from the left circle and completed the hat trick at 6:01 of the third period to make it 4-1.

Patrick Brown scored at 13:13 when his shot was saved by Grubauer, but the goalie’s momentum carried him and the puck over the goal line for the 5-1 final.

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