Knights win, even Western finals at 1

Lynette Rowe
May 15, 2018

It's not a position in which they've thrived during the Stanley Cup playoffs - and Game 2 of the Western Conference final was no exception.

Connor was pressured into turning over the puck near center ice late in the opening period and Reilly Smith set up Marchessault, his former Florida Panthers teammate, at the blue line and he scored on a breakaway backhander. 20 big screen tvs, live music, drink & food specials and lots of bar games to play.

Asking prices on the site around 4:40 p.m. Monday ranged from $230 to $3,800 for Game 3 and from $275 to $5,000 for Game 4. Gametime starts at 6pm. "Realize that they have some guys on their team that can make plays as well".

"They scored on the first shift and played real well", said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant. Now with Vegas and Winnipeg in the Conference Final (first for each franchise) we get to see this odd yet always heated matchup all over again, this time on ice. "We definitely need to respond after a game like that". The finish from Jonathan Marchessault, who scored two goals in the game, was sublime, too. Their title hopes rest largely on Fleury-with the third-best goals-against average (1.74) in the playoffs-and the defensive lines.

"It's just beating you up when you have to [sit] and some stuff doesn't go our way", Tatar said after Monday's win.

After the loss, Fleury said that rust could have played a role in the Golden Knights' slow start, having had almost six days off after eliminating the San Jose Sharks. "When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back".

"They're opportunistic in the same sense we kind of can be", Trouba said.

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"I don't think anybody's panicking".

"We just played hard right off the bat and were able to get that two-goal lead".

Winnipeg came out fast with three goals in the first eight minutes in that one against Vegas, which had a five-day break following the defeat of San Jose, prompting Marchessault's strong post-game statement. Tatar's initial attempt went wide, but he collected the rebound off the end wall and slammed it short side before Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck could get back in position.

The Jets got some momentum off a penalty kill following the intermission, but couldn't solve Fleury on any of their eight shots in a second that also saw Andrew Copp hit the post.

Winnipeg cut the Vegas lead to one at 7:17 of the third period, when Connor converted on the power play. Veteran forwards David Perron and Oscar Lindberg were both listed as scratches after playing in Game 1. They haven't dropped consecutive games since early March.

"You can't lose your first two games (of a series) in the playoffs, especially against a team like that", Marchessault said after today's morning skate.

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