Vegas steal Game 2 on the road, tie up series

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Vegas steal Game 2 on the road, tie up series

Updates with new lead. The veteran forward's initial shot hit the post, but a great second effort saw him jam the puck past Hellebuyck on the follow up. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. If you get down a goal it's not the end of the world, there's lots of hockey to play.

A particularly feisty Marchessault stared through the bright lights and bouquet of microphones in the crowded locker room, told reporters the next game was a "must win" and that "we are going to show what kind of team we are". "I tried to do that tonight". A Jets win to take a 2-0 series lead would have given them about a 90 percent chance to win, but Vegas has now tied things up, with the majority of the games remaining at the friendly confines of T-Mobile Arena.

"We were chasing the game again".

We've got ourselves a series now.

But instead of giving the Jets an expected boost, Marchessault and the Golden Knights replied one minute, 28 seconds later, restoring the two-goal cushion and essentially putting the game on ice - turning the Western Conference final into a best-of-five while stealing home-ice advantage.

His Golden Knights teammates showed their enormous gratitude to the fabulous netminder with two late goals in the first period, and, suddenly, the Jets were the pursuers.

The Golden Knights bounced back from a game one defeat with a 3-1 win over the Jets on Monday at Bell MTS Place. "Realize that they have some guys on their team that can make plays as well".

After the Jets had a number of chances during an early push Monday - including a shot from Mark Scheifele that almost squeaked through Fleury's pads and a Nikolaj Ehlers shot off the post - Winnipeg sagged a bit before Vegas opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first. "We can't get behind this team 3-0". "We rebounded after that".

The mistakes of Game 1 came back to haunt the Sharks on Monday night.

This year in Las Vegas he proved his breakout season was no fluke, with 27 goals and 48 assists, and is now leading the Golden Knights in the playoffs.

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"The first goal was a couple of turnovers", Stastny said.

"We were on them", Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said.

"I don't think anybody's panicking".

Connor was pressured into turning over the puck near center ice late in the opening period and Reilly Smith set up Marchessault, his former Florida Panthers teammate, at the blue line and he scored on a breakaway backhander.

"We knew they were going to be faster this game", Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. The other three minutes, not so much.

The Jets undoubtedly stepped up for the second period, but Vegas thwarted their attacks.

Winnipeg kept the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third. Given a second power play chance minutes later, the Jets would finally crack the scoreboard on a bad angle shot from Kyle Connor.

That whipped the white-clad fans into a frenzy - triggering jeers of "Fleu-ry!" Marchessault later beat Winnipeg's Vezina Trophy candidate with a backhand. David Perron (illness) and Oscar Lindberg were scratched. "He wasn't feeling well", Gallant said. "The one that cost us I think is that we pushed too early, got out of our routes too early". The Jets have not lost consecutive games this postseason.

Ultimately, Vegas clapped back with their own quick start to take Game Two in a similar fashion to Winnipeg's Game 1 victory.

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