Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch scored 12 seconds apart in the third period to send the surging Vegas Golden Knights past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.

Vegas won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a third-place tie with San Jose in the Pacific Division with 33 points. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, dropped their sixth straight and have been outscored 30-17 during the skid.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

After allowing the Blackhawks to score three consecutive goals for a 3-2 lead in the third, the defending Western Conference champions responded. Marchessault fired a shot past goalie Corey Crawford to tie the game, and 12 seconds later it was Tuch punching one in to put Vegas back in front.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights' William Karlsson (71) and Jonathan Marchessault (81) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights’ William Karlsson (71) and Jonathan Marchessault (81) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots.

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates around Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates around Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago. Crawford made 32 saves

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) skates around Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) skates around Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Golden Knights continued to dominate with their penalty kill, as they’ve gone seven games without allowing a power-play goal. Since Nov. 23, Vegas has stopped 20 consecutive power-play opportunities by opponents, including four against Chicago.

Vegas took an early lead when Smith tipped the puck to himself over Crawford, then dove across the crease while shooting it into the net.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Engelland scored for the first time this season when he fired a wrist shot from the point through traffic and over Crawford’s glove.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot beside defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) and Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot beside defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) and Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Toews inched closer to his 700th career point when he slammed a carom off the end boards past Fluery and cut Vegas’ lead in half four minutes into the second.

Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant speaks with linesman Pierre Racicot during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant speaks with linesman Pierre Racicot during the second period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Later in the period it was Strome gathering Alex DeBrincat’s rebound and firing a shot from a wicked angle to tie it at 2.

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, right, and center Jonathan Marchessault, center, celebrate after defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) scored against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, right, and center Jonathan Marchessault, center, celebrate after defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) scored against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Anisimov gave Chicago its third straight goal when he streaked in to intercept Nick Holden’s pass and beat Fleury on a breakaway with a backhand.

NOTES: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was in attendance. … Chicago Cubs slugger and Las Vegas native Kris Bryant was also in the sellout crowd. … William Karlsson’s assist on Engelland’s goal was the 100th point with the Golden Knights. … Toews is two points shy of 700. … The 18,494 in attendance marked the second-largest crowd in franchise history.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) passes behind Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) passes behind Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brendan Perlini (11) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brendan Perlini (11) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Blackhawks: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) attempts a shot against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) attempts a shot against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Golden Knights: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) watches a puck nearly go into the goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) watches a puck nearly go into the goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Source: The Associated Press

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