Golden Knights top Jets 3-1, tie up Western Conference finals

Lynette Rowe
May 17, 2018

The Winnipeg Jets will face the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals on Wednesday, start time at 9:00 PM ET.

"Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up", Marchessault said.

"I didn't imagine it in October and November, but come around January, we knew we had a good hockey team", Gallant said. The Golden Knights have made a habit of working the opposition into the festivities, usually by having an actual golden knight defeat the opponent's flag-bearer in choreographed center ice battle.

Mark Scheifele scored both of Winnipeg's goals and has a playoff-leading 14 goals in 15 postseason games. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

So as bad as they needed the victory in Game 2, they needed to prove to themselves that could compete with the Jets.

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After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game.

"I was just sitting there and people, they were fighting", Fleury said, "and (I was) trying to have a little smile by myself".

The Jets pulled their goaltender to add another skater over the last couple minutes of the game, but Fleury didn't let the puck get past him again. "We like where it was in the Nashville series". The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in five of their last nine games. They drop two forwards in to forecheck in the offensive zone and leave one high to pressure the outlet pass. They controlled the game for the entirety of the third period, outshooting Vegas 16-8 during the final 20 minutes. But you're never anxious about how you win, it's all about if the ticket cashed, and honestly, we've been paid far more times than not when blindly backing the Las Vegas Golden Knights. "We rebounded after that". Defensively, the Jets are yielding 2.6 goals and 81.8 penalty kill percentage per game. "When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back".

Scheifele amazingly has 11 goals in seven road contests this postseason compared to "just" three in eight home games. The Jets often had time in their own zone with the puck to start an attack but would be changing lines or players which helps Vegas because it gives the defense few options to send the puck up. Las Vegas is dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the World, and the Golden Knights' organization did its best to energize the crowd with a theatrical display that included a fully-armored knight on skates who was equipped with a sword. "We want to make sure we deal with our loss, don't carry it too heavily and then come up with our finest game of the post-season".

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