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Golden Knights top Jets 3-1, tie up Western Conference finals

16 May 2018, 09:43 | Charlene Valdez

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview

The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener, and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round.

After Monday's 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights tied the Western Conference final best-of-seven series at one game apiece, the Winnipeg players were taking their lumps and confidently looking ahead to Wednesday's Game 3.

While the battle for the West between the Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights wages on, there's a different type of battle brewing in front office boardrooms across the league. "When you are able to play with the lead, I think that makes a huge difference".

"Most of us are in that half-a-million to a million-dollar range".

With the Golden Knights in a comfortable lead (well, maybe not that comfortable), they were content with just keeping the high-flying, offensive machine known as the Winnipeg Jets off the scoreboard. and they did just that.

"They played hard and they had chances but just weren't getting the bounces".

"Whatever graphic identity team they hired, they knocked it right out of the park", Ryder told The Canadian Press. Las Vegas is 14-2 in its last 16 games versus teams with a winning road record. They fired 10 shots at Fleury in the first nine minutes and had some golden chances.

The Knights outshot the Jets 8-0 during a stretch that led to two goals four minutes apart and almost a third five seconds later.

He showed off just how light and loose this group is right now, playing a game of rock-paper-scissors with goalie Connor Hellebuyck to determine who got to face the media first Tuesday during a gathering at the Bellagio hotel located right in the heart of the Strip. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

Where the Jets need to be concerned is with the relentlessness of the Vegas puck pressure and pursuit, and it's like amplified on home ice.

"I thought we were quicker and we were faster and we were more competitive, and when you do that, you limit the other team's time and space", coach Gerard Gallant said.

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah". "We'll get a lot of energy off of that".

Smith slid the puck over and Marchessault made it count. "That's probably the biggest thing with them", said Copp.

"We're gonna take the series in six [games]. It shouldn't be anything we're not used to at this point but we know there going to be loud and they're going to be cheering for their team, for sure".

Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?

Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m. We've been used to great atmosphere's the last couple of series. That prompted organizers to try controlling attendance at 27,000 by issuing first-come, first-served free tickets.

Although Laine will get loose and score in the first period, the Golden Knights should still silence Scheifele and Wheeler for the majority of the contest.

The Knights and Jets are averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 1.841 million viewers through two games, making it the most-watched Western Conference Final since 2015 when Chicago downed Anaheim.

The Nashville clash had also been knotted 1-1 and 2-2.

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