Marchessault’s hat trick powers Knights to series-tying victory

The hats started to fly, and Jonathan Marchessault waved his arms asking for more.

The crowd at T-Mobile Arena obliged, littering the ice in celebration of the Golden Knights forward’s third goal Sunday.

“We proved we can play with the best team in the league,” Marchessault said. “We’re on a mission right now.”

Boosted by Marchessault’s hat trick, the Knights evened the West Division final with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4.

The best-of-seven series shifts to Denver for Game 5 on Tuesday after the Knights held serve at home.

Max Pacioretty and Patrick Brown also had goals for the Knights, who scored five unanswered after falling behind early in the first period.

“I think there was a lot of belief after that second game regardless of what the series said,” Pacioretty said. “We knew that when we came home that we were going to be able to continue how we played after that second game and hopefully use some momentum from our fans.”

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar ripped his team after a lackluster effort in Game 3, and Colorado couldn’t counter the Knights’ game plan to clog the neutral zone and slow the top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.

The Knights nearly doubled the Avalanche in shots on goal (35-18) on Sunday and have outshot Colorado 119-63 since being blown out in Game 1.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 87th…

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