Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Jets' early lapse surrenders home-ice edge to Golden Knights

Jets' early lapse surrenders home-ice edge to Golden Knights

Vegas knows they need to prevent this quick start and not force themselves to play from behind throughout the entire game. "Everybody steps up at some point and everybody is contributing to the success of our team". Winnipeg couldn't convert on several great scoring chances early in Game 2, opening the door for a goal by Tomas Tatar to give the Knights their first lead of the series. That's why we've been consistent.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 14 (Reuters) - Left surprisingly available in the National Hockey League's (NHL) expansion draft previous year, forward Jonathan Marchessault joined his new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, with plenty to prove. "We showed the hockey world we earned the right to be here". Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for the Jets.

"We kind of just dipped our toe in the water, a little bit of a feeling out process", Knights winger James Neal said.

It's been a while since we've seen these two cities go head to head. We knew what to expect tonight.

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It looked Monday like they were going to pick up where they left off, but Fleury made key saves early and got help from a teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net. Perhaps Gallant considered that Tatar already had three career goals against the Jets and the decision led to the first goal of the playoffs for Tatar, in only his fifth game. "Great shot in the slot".

"This locker room is really special", Tatar said.

The visitors made it 2-0 with 2:38 left in the period when Smith stripped Connor in the neutral zone, leading to a breakaway for Marchessault, who made no mistake through Hellebuyck's pads for his fifth.

Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault hopes to do just that.

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There's a reason the Jets won three road games in their seven-game series victory over the Predators.

And then, somehow, he let one in from a bad angle to Kyle Connor on a power play.

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. Smith has just one goal in the playoffs, but he's managed to collect an impressive 13 assists in 12 games. "It's the conference final so you're going to have two of the best teams playing each other and both teams are aggressive, both teams don't sit back when they have the lead". "I tried to do that". Tatar was acquired before the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings for three draft picks, but had just four goals and two assists in 20 games for Vegas in the regular season.

At one point Monday - whether it was when Schmidt drew.

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Tomas Tatar - who has sat out of most of the playoffs as a healthy scratch - was skating in place of David Perron this morning, and Tomas Nosek was skating alongside fourth-liners Reaves, Bellemare and Lindberg.

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