Vegas forward Tomas Tatar, who was a healthy scratch in Game 1, scored the first goal of the game, while Jonathan Marchessault added a pair of goals himself to take home-ice advantage from Winnipeg in the series.
He only ended up playing 10 minutes again on Monday, but he made the majority by scoring a goal, attempted four shots (putting two on net), while the Golden Knights attempted 74 percent of the total shot attempts (11 for, only four against) with him on the ice during 5-on-5 play, the best mark of any Vegas player.
Winnipeg broke Fleury's shutout bid at 7:17 of the final period on the Jets' second power play of the period when Connor's shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle somehow leaked through Fleury for his third. The Vegas Golden Knights tightend up the defense and got plenty of quality looks offensively, as nine players had at least two shots on goal in the victory.
We're used to the whiteout crowd in Winnipeg being loud, rowdy, and nonstop, but for a 30-minute stretch, they looked perplexed as they sat on their hands almost silent.
Winnipeg'sMark Scheifele, who has postseason-high 12 goals, got the puck past Fleury in the opening moments of the game and Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt cleared it from the crease.
"The first goal was a couple of turnovers", Stastny said.
"I don't know, just try to score". The Golden Knights had all the momentum after the goal and it lasted most of the game, save for the one Jets goal.
"If you're going to go out there and talk to the media, and say the team has to be better, then you need to lead by example", Marchessault said.
The Jets will just have to find way to be the better team in Vegas. An illness to forward David Perron opened the door for the embattled forward to get back into the lineup. We liked our start.
Former Senator Harry Reid Diagnosed With Cancer Catherine Cortez Masto, and as leader of Senate Democrats by New York Sen. "I wish him a speedy and successful recovery". Shortly after reports of the surgery surfaced, Reid's family put out a statement.
"I don't think anybody in here minded our start".
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.
Patrik Laine - The Jets sniper led the team with seven shot attempts and four shots on goal, yet also had team-worst possession stats (10 for, 16 against, 38.5 CF%, 3-11 scoring chances) in a Game Two loss to Winnipeg. That's some accountability. 2. The Jets banged pucks off the posts and the crossbar, and the cornerstone of the NHL's newest franchise ignored the chants that followed from Winnipeg's boisterous crowd, finishing with 30 saves. Not too shabby. 3.
In 20 regular-season games with Vegas, Tatar had just four goals, two assists and a minus-11 rating.
Who predicted the Capitals skating out of Tampa Bay with a 2-0 Eastern Conference Final lead?
It wasn't a flawless game, or really anything close for the Golden Knights, but it was a road playoff game in a hostile environment. We didn't force it. We've got to do a better job with our shots and with our scoring opportunities than L.A. and San Jose did.
But that does not mean that Tatar did not play a big role in the win. They entered the zone rather easily, cycled the puck at will, and took many shots, but hardly ever were able to get to the puck where they truly wanted it. We have to make sure we come out with the same intensity that we did tonight and maybe a little bit extra. "The problem is right now we're not getting any production other than from our power play, and it's probably very reminiscent of what we did to Boston [in the second round]". "We knew they were going to be faster this game and that's what they were".