Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

Golden Knights fan Karlotta Sanchez, middle, cheers 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.

In Game 2, Washington scored in the first minute of the game with Tom Wilson getting a deflection goal, but a pair of opportune goals by the Lightning on the power play gave them a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game. "I tried to do that". It was Marchessault's sixth goal of the playoffs. The second was one that hushed a temporarily rejuvenated Bell MTS Place.

Connor Hellebuyck had 25 saves for the Jets.

"We know their crowd's going to be excited", Stastny said. "It's playoffs. You've got to put your nose to the grindstone". When you know what you're going to get out of a guy, it allows you to go out and do your job knowing that you're going to get this from other players. Just 88 seconds later, the two-goal lead was restored with Marchessault's second goal of the game. He had eight shots, 11 shot attempts, produced six scoring chances, forced a couple of takeaways and even chipped in on the dot, winning three of five faceoffs when he was called upon.

"Playing on your home ice is a big, big thing in the playoffs, I think", defenseman Colin Miller said. We're here to win a Stanley Cup this year.

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He was one of the biggest surprises in the National Hockey League this season, but the 27-year-old's production wasn't unexpected after he posted a career-high 60 points during the regular season while playing on the left side of Vegas' top line with William Karlsson and Marchessault.

Marchessault did have some help. Winnipeg dominated the opening period, scoring three goals in short order to break the game open.

Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault, who scored two goals in Monday night's victory, was asked whether he would rather have home ice or the first goal of the game if he had his choice.

"Fleury had to make three or four really good saves in the first seven minutes", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "We just need to look at ourselves in the mirror at the end of the game and if we can do that we'll be fine". "For our team we just have to win that battle", said Scheifele.

The Jets have outscored their opponents 21-9 in their last five playoff road games, which started with a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the quarterfinals.

And as the contest wore on, it was evident the Golden Knights were drawing some inspiration from the Jets' past opponents.

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"Obviously they're a great team", goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. You can worry about them that night and then the next day get back to enjoying your time in the Western Conference final. So, for us, we're trying to clog it up as much as we can.

Las Vegas was strong in all aspects of Game 2 and I expect it to stay that way tonight in an arena where its been dominant all season.

Social media personalities Justin Reves and Greg Moore met with the Vegas mascot to pick up the swag, which they plan to deliver in person.

Pair the smothering neutral-zone play with tight defensive structure in their own zone and the Golden Knights' patented high-pressure forecheck and it was tough for the Jets to get anything after earning those aforementioned early opportunities.

The crowd was reignited, briefly, in the third when Kyle Connor brought the Jets within one goal.

With the Golden Knights in a comfortable lead (well, maybe not that comfortable), they were content with just keeping the high-flying, offensive machine known as the Winnipeg Jets off the scoreboard. and they did just that. "When you are able to play with the lead, I think that makes a huge difference".

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Daryl Capstick was more willing to chat about the game and was keeping the faith about the Jets' fortunes.

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