Marchessault lifts Golden Knight over Jets in playoffs



Winnipeg Jets head coach talks to the media after 3-1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights.

So it should come as no surprise that as the team landed on the Las Vegas strip late Tuesday afternoon, they'd already washed their hands of Monday night's 3-1 defeat on home ice that has turned this best-of-seven series into a best-of-five - with the Vegas Golden Knights now holding home-ice advantage.

Golden Knights fans erupt at a watch party at Red Rock Casino after Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored a first period goal during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas. "We had some good chances, they capitalized on theirs".

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"[They made] cute plays when they should have just dumped the puck in or made the right freeze and pass".

Winnipeg was figured out, but with some emergence from players such as Patrik Laine, the Jets can take the third game on the road.

Then their engines sputtered while Vegas cranked it up. We got that 2-0 lead and it was a different game for us.

Tatar's shot hit the post, he got the puck back and then slid it around the post past Hellebuyck, who finished with 25 saves.

It took Winnipeg another 31 minutes - the remainder of the first and the entire second period - to notch just nine more shots.

The Jets did not get on the scoreboard until the third period when Kyle Connor sent a quick shot by Marc-Andre Fleury's short side at the 7:17 mark, and that sent the Winnipeg home fans into a frenzy.


"I was not impressed with Vegas' play at all".

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah". The Jets have been a good offensive team all year, but the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.39 gpg at home all year and just 1.83 gpg in the postseason so far.

"They're really good. They got a lot of skill, they're hard on pucks".

The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault. "That's probably the biggest thing with them", said Copp. "The more direct we are, the faster we play, it helps us play fast and get all four lines rolling and get everyone involved", said Jets forward Andrew Copp, whose club is 4-2 on the road during the playoffs.

After two games in the Eastern Conference Final, the Washington Capitals have stormed out to a 2-0 series lead, putting them two wins away from reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1998.

That follows a crowd of 15,000 at Saturday's party, when the organizers were expecting the biggest yet. Of course, time had a part to play in the opening tie as the Jets were just days removed from their second-round series win against the Nashville Predators. That prompted organizers to try controlling attendance at 27,000 by issuing first-come, first-served free tickets.

They are 4-1 at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring their opponents 18-8.

Winnipeg, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 7:35 of a 4-2 victory in Game 1, peppered Fleury early but was unable to get one past the Vegas netminder. The Jets are a +125 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who scored twice, said they didn't spend too much time in the defensive zone, got in on the forecheck and put pressure on the Jets defense.

The Nashville clash had also been knotted 1-1 and 2-2.

NBC Sports' coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs has the highest ratings in six years, including a combined audience delivery of 1.776 million viewers through four games.

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