The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Mark Stone had three goals and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Paul Stastny collected two goals and three assists as Vegas captured another high-scoring matchup with San Jose.

Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, defenseman Shea Theodore had three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

The Golden Knights and Sharks scored 15 times while splitting the first two games in San Jose. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Timo Meier scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 34 shots.

Vegas got off to a fast start when Nate Schmidt went blue line to blue line with a perfect feed through traffic to Stone, who beat Jones with a backhand just 16 seconds into the game.

It was the fastest goal in the playoffs since San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored 15 seconds into a first-round game in 2007. Stone has six goals in the playoffs already.

Pacioretty extended the lead to 2-0 when he fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past Jones at 12:16.

San Jose got one back when Joe Thornton passed from behind the goal to Labanc, who somehow squeezed the puck past Fleury at 15:26.

Stastny accounted for both of Vegas’ goals in the second period as the Knights opened a 4-1 lead.

First, Stastny grabbed a rebound between the circles, skated to his left and drove a wrist shot past Jones 21 seconds into the period. Then he got into a perfect position to redirect a feed from Stone into the net at 16:04.

San Jose rallied in the third. Couture got his second goal of the series when his pass intended for Joe Pavelski was tipped in by Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. Then Meier knocked in a rebound after Gustav Nyquist’s shot was stopped, making it 5-3 with a little more than 14 minutes remaining.

Stone got his third goal when took a pass from Pacioretty, skated in alone and went forehand-backhand to beat Jones with a little more than six minutes to play.

Also Sunday:

Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1: COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Blue Jackets extended their postseason mastery of the Lightning, beating the NHL’s best team and moving to within a game of sweeping the playoff series. Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky fended off a desperate third-period charge to finish with 30 saves for the Blue Jackets. Columbus will try to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

Jets 6, Blues 3: ST. LOUIS — Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg beat St. Louis to climb back into its playoff series. Winnipeg dropped the first two games by one goal but got back on track in St. Louis. Kevin Hayes, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien also scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves. David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 23 stops.

Islanders 4, Penguins 1: PITTSBURGH — Jordan Eberle scored for the third straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots and New York stunned Pittsburgh to take a 3-0 lead in its best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Brock Nelson added his second goal of the playoffs, Leo Komarov scored the first postseason goal of his career and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders, who have pushed the star-laden Penguins to the brink of elimination. Garrett Wilson scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal, a first-period deflection past Lehner that gave the Penguins just their second lead of the series.

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