Golden Knights on verge of Final after Game 4 win against Jets

The Vegas Golden Knights are one win from the Stanley Cup Final after a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Reilly Smith scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:58 left in the third period on a breakaway after Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien flubbed a slap shot.

Vegas leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 with Game 5 at Winnipeg on Sunday.

Jets defenseman Tyler Myers tied it 2-2 at 5:34 of the third period with a close-range slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury through the five-hole.

William Karlsson gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 2:25 of the first period, converting a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Marchessault on a power play.

Marchessault has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists), tying the record for most points by a player in his team’s first postseason (Jude Drouin, 1975, New York Islanders; Igor Larionov, 1994, San Jose Sharks).

Patrick Laine tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 9:29 of the second period.

Tomas Nosek scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal on a rebound 43 seconds later, at 10:12, to give Vegas a 2-1 lead. Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck mishandled the original shot by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who got the loose puck and circled the net.

Vegas in Game 3 scored 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied that game, which the Golden Knights won 4-2.

Fleury made 36 saves for Vegas. Hellebuyck made 26 for Winnipeg.

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