EDMONTON, AB – Bo Horvat scored twice, and Tyler Toffoli and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night, evening their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Tanner Pearson also scored for Vancouver, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 38 shots — including 21 in the second period.
Alex Tuch and Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights . Robin Lehner had 22 saves in just his second loss of the postseason.
Game 3 is Thursday night.
It was the first game back for Toffoli since the first game of the qualifying round against Minnesota on Aug. 2. The NHL is not releasing information on injuries, but Toffoli had been seen in a walking boot.
Toffoli jumped over the boards for his first shift and scored nine seconds later. Pettersson swooped wide around Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore, went behind the net, then slid the puck through the crease to Toffoli for a quick wrist shot into a open net 1:29 into the game.
The Canucks then scored on the power play 9 1/2 minutes later. Toffoli, standing behind the net, delivered a tape-to-tape pass to an incoming Horvat, who blasted it past Lehner.
In the second period, Vegas got on the board on Theodore's lob pass that Nicolas Roy corralled at the right face-off circle, then delivered on the backhand to Tuch for the one-timer at 6:34, his sixth goal of the postseason.