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

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

It just wasn't their Knight.

The Vegas Golden Knights will experience another first in their record-breaking inaugural season Wednesday.

Jonathan Marchessault on Monday scored twice in the Vegas Golden Knights' message to the Winnipeg Jets, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

In Game 1, the Golden Knights fell behind 3-0 in the first 7:35.

How many times have we seen that?

Did the Vegas Golden Knights show they are for real and deserve to be in the third round of the playoffs with this win?

"It's upsetting. It wasn't their night", said fan John Capstick, who initially didn't even want to talk about the loss. "They're going to feed off that, but we've played in hostile environments. We like our road game, we like where it was in the Nashville series and we're going to try and bring the same effort". "They were on the puck and didn't make it easy".

The pair added while the Jets are the last remaining Canadian team in the playoffs, it should be no contest for Saskatchewan-based fans on which team to support. If we start to complicate things and... when teams play our game against us and we're too fancy, that's a recipe for success for the other team. They created scoring chances by forcing turnovers.

Then their engines sputtered while Vegas cranked it up. The talented forward made no mistake as he faked Hellebuyck and threw in a slick backhander for not only his second goal of the game but his second backhand goal of the game.

Connor Hellebuyck had 25 saves for the Jets.

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, which lost for the third time in its past four home playoff games. It was Marchessault's sixth goal of the playoffs.

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"I think playing with the lead", Marchessault said.

"We've just got to stay with it better, realize that they have some guys on their team that can make plays as well", he said.

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah. It's just a matter of how you react to it". "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".

The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault.

No big deal, said Roy. The Golden Knights took game two by a score of 3-1 to even the series at 1-1.

In Game 2, they took a 2-0 lead in the first period and were more assertive all over the ice.

Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?

Now that the Knights are in the Western Conference Final, that seemingly wasn't enough.

That follows a crowd of 15,000 at Saturday's party, when the organizers were expecting the biggest yet.

So it should come as no surprise that as the team landed on the Las Vegas strip late Tuesday afternoon, they'd already washed their hands of Monday night's 3-1 defeat on home ice that has turned this best-of-seven series into a best-of-five - with the Vegas Golden Knights now holding home-ice advantage. The Jets are a +125 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals.

Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant didn't have much of an update when asked about forward David Perron, who was unavailable for Game 2. The city had 13.0 local rating for Game 2 on NBCSN, the market's second-best rating for a cable game behind Game 6 vs. San Jose (14.0). In all, the Jets have had 30 hits or more in five playoff games.

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