Mark Stone records playoff hat trick in 6-3 Golden Knights win over Sharks

Mark Stone (Hugh Lee, Wikimedia Commons)

It was a marvelous game two for Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday evening from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stone had three goals and two assists for five points as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead in their first round Western Conference playoff series.

Stone was one of two Canadians with a multi-point game in the Golden Knights victory. Shea Theodore of Langley, British Columbia had three assists. Stone opened the scoring at the 16 second mark of the first period from Deryk Engelland of Edmonton, Alberta and Nate Schmidt. He then picked up two second period assists on two goals by Paul Stastny. Then in the third period, Stone put the Golden Knights up 5-1 with a goal from Stastny and Jonathan Marchessault of Cap-Rouge, Quebec. Stone then scored the final goal of the game at 13:57 of the third period from Stastny and Theodore.

Do not be surprised if Aaron Dell of Airdrie, Alberta gets the start for the Sharks in net in game four of the series on Tuesday. That is because Martin Jones of Vancouver, British Columbia has struggled mightily with a goals against average of 5.23.

The series between the Golden Knights and Sharks has also been about a tale of two former Ottawa Senators. While Stone has been marvelous, as he has six goals and two assists for eight points in three games, the same cannot be said for former Senators captain Erik Karlsson. In three games with the Sharks, Karlsson is a -3 despite having five assists.

In other playoff games Sunday, the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3, but still trail their series 2-1. The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 to take a 3-0 lead and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 to take a 3-0 lead as well.


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