Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets as Vegas evens series 1-1

Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets as Vegas evens series 1-1

Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets as Vegas evens series 1-1

And there's no reason to believe they won't. "We can't get behind this team 3-0".

"I think we showed the hockey world that we earned the right to be here and we're able to play against a great team", Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. His poke-check off Bryan Little five minutes into the period was pretty darn good too.

Winnipeg cut the Vegas lead to one at 7:17 of the third period, when Connor converted on the power play.

The Knights have yet to trail by two games in any series this postseason, so we might learn a lot about their resiliency in this Game 2.

In return, we found out what Marchessault is made of, with his two-goal performance - including a back-breaking insurance goal 1:28 after Connor finally breathed life into Bell MTS Place - walking the walk. It's still hard to believe the Florida Panthers let him go in the expansion draft when he has that combination of speed, skill and scoring touch ...

"Everybody steps up at some point", Fleury said.

The downtown arena in Winnipeg claimed more victims than any other in the league this season.

Perhaps the Jets are cutting into their own sales market with the whiteout street parties.

After Vegas goalie Marc-André Fleury kept his team in the game early with stops on Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele (and Nikolaj Ehlers hit the post on a backhand) the Golden Knights turned in an impressive team game.

Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster. It's shocking but those tickets are expensive and clearly some people prefer to join the party outside and watch on big-screen TVs for free ...

There were some discrepancies in the Winnipeg Jets locker room about just how long their stretch of poor hockey lasted Monday night. It worked twice for Nashville and it worked perfectly for the Golden Knights Monday night.

The Jets' early 3-0 lead in the first period launched them toward their 4-2 victory on Saturday.

Seems like Gerard Gallant made a great decision by inserting Tomas Tatar in the lineup. Tomas Nosek could start ahead of Ryan Reaves on the fourth line, while trade deadline acquistion Tomas Tatar could see his first action since Game 4 of the Sharks' series.

A healthy scratch for seven of the Knights' 11 playoff games coming into Monday, Tatar scored his first of the post-season off a slick feed from Shea Theodore at the side of Winnipeg's net.

"You can't worry about whether you lost the last one or won", Gallant said. They sent Detroit a first-round pick (2018), second-round pick (2019) and third-rounder (2021).

Vegas won't have that problem in Game 2, but will have to produce a better all-around performance to avoid losing back-to-back playoff games for the first time in franchise history. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in 21:01 of ice time.

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