The game was just :35 old when a turnover in the neutral zone caused by Brayden McNabb sprung Jonathan Marchessault. As he’s done all postseason long Marchessault put it past the goalie to make it 1-0. The Golden Knights did well to go to the intermission up one. The 2nd started with a lackluster Vegas power play and eventually led to the Jets taking control of the game a bit. They scored on a tip from Scheifele but just 12 seconds later a misplay behind the goal by Connor Hellebuyck set James Neal up to give the Golden Knights their lead right back. Then, another excellent shift by the Vegas 2nd line led to an Alex Tuch goal making it 3-1. The game got a bit chippy as the 2nd period wore on and ended with four players on the box for coincidental roughing minors. The Jets scored immediately to start the 3rd and then dominated play for the next 15 minutes. However, Marc-Andre Fleury made two unbelievable saves to keep the Golden Knights ahead and they eventually closed the game out with a Jonathan Marchessault.
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.
- The Golden Knights 2nd line continues to be the key in the series.
- These games have not been tied for long making it challenging to really see the difference in the teams.
- Vegas was without question the fresh team the final three minutes.
- Full photo gallery from SinBin.vegas photographer Brandon Andreasen
*** James Neal
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Marc-Andre Fleury
The House Always Wins!!!
Marchy looks like a fireball negating the icing, picks up the puck and wraps it in. The Golden Knights have won 2 straight and now lead the Western Conference Finals 2-1!!!!
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) May 17, 2018
Great job in the first and second. The third seemed like they were caught back on their heels nearly the entire time. It’s alright though as Flower was huge in net.
I’m still trying to figure out what touched off the last play of the period. Sure seemed to be some bad blood out there. Nice to see Reaves prior to the end playing his physical game. He really has made a big presence felt when need be.