The Winnipeg Jets came into Las Vegas having earned a point in each of their previous eight games. That stretch ended abruptly when they faced a team on a streak of their own. After last night’s 5-2 Golden Knights victory, Vegas has now won six straight games at T-Mobile Arena, something the Jets were aware of coming in.
They were everything that we expected. Our preparation before the game showed that hockey team. You know I said how once you get out there, we just couldn’t get out of our zone. –Blake Wheeler, Jets Captain
The Captain didn’t seem upset or frustrated, if anything, he was more impressed with the team he faced.
I think just the way they play, their forecheck is really tough to break. They are great at getting above the puck. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space to make plays. You have got to give them a lot of credit, we made a lot of mistakes that cost us, gave them a little bit too much space. They really capitalize on their looks and you have to give them credit. They played a good hockey game tonight. -Wheeler
Wheeler expected a strong effort from Vegas but wasn’t stunned by the loss. Looking forward, expect Winnipeg to be even more prepared for the Golden Knights.
We are going to have to make some adjustments next time we play them and that’s about it. -Wheeler
Connor Hellebyuck also took the time to compliment the Golden Knights. You’ve gotta give to the kid, he answered questions after getting yanked.
They’re a good hockey team and we expected that. Things just didn’t go our way, we got a couple bad bounces here and there. You know, they use that momentum. –Connor Hellebuyck, Jets goalie
On a side note, coach Paul Maurice went of his way to mention he pulled Hellebuyck during the second intermission. He didn’t want the young goalie to take the blame for the loss. Nevertheless, the losing goaltender went on to mention the difficulties of playing at the T-Mobile arena.
This is a pretty hard building to play in, to be honest. They have a good atmosphere and they built it up right. They have a good setup, the fans, we had a lot of fans here too. It was a great atmosphere. Hellebuyck
Lastly, Paul Maurice in perfect coach-speak, chimed in on the Golden Knights performance.
Yeah I was saying at game end they have a good quick team they have some nice skill, they don’t give you a whole lot of off the rush, and their goalie made some timely saves. -Paul Maurice, Jets Head coach