The Golden Knights used the same recipe that the Predators used to win in Bell MTS Place: Score early, build a 2-0 lead through two periods and hold off the high-scoring Jets offense the rest of the way. Trouba says he doesn't expect anything to change. Kyle Connor took a wrist shot from the outside of the right circle, and it squeaked through Fleury's arm and into the net. It looks like maybe the extra time off between rounds may have slowed the Golden Knights a bit in the first game of the series, but they proved they'd shaken the rust off in time for tonight.
"Everybody sees the opportunity here", Marchessault said.
This series is sizing up to be a long one, as these two teams appear to be just too good to lose.
Smith had two assists for Vegas and that gives him 13 in the playoffs. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 32 goals on 421 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots.
San Jose's over the Knights on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena was the biggest hockey decision ever for the William Hill sports book, which was spared a six-figure loss when an apparent game-winning goal by the Knights was overturned.
"There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us". We don't get comfortable.
It wasn't a flawless game, or really anything close for the Golden Knights, but it was a road playoff game in a hostile environment. Back and forth action forced goalies in both nets to be at their best to keep the game tied.
Fleury stopped the Jets the rest of the way as he stopped 30 shots for his ninth win of the season and 71 of his National Hockey League playoff career. "Everybody steps up at some point and everybody is contributing to the success of our team". That's why we've been consistent. The under is 3-1-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall and the over is 6-2 in Jets last 8 road games.
After giving up three goals in the first seven minutes of Game One, the Golden Knights made sure to have a stronger start in Game Two. "We're going to try to bring the same effort".
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 on the shortside - Winnipeg sagged a bit before Vegas opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first period.
The Vegas Golden Knights continue to amaze. It was Tatar's first point of the postseason. "There's a lot of great guys and we battle for each other".
The visitors made it 2-0 with 2:38 left in the period when Connor turned the puck over in the neutral zone, leading to a breakaway for Marchessault, who made no mistake through Hellebuyck's pads for his fifth.
Conversely, the Jets are 1-4 when surrendering the opening goal in the playoffs, 1-4 when down after the first period and 0-5 when behind after 40 minutes.
The Jets got some momentum off a penalty kill early following the intermission, but couldn't solve Fleury on any of their eight shots in a second that also saw Andrew Copp hit the post.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities.
Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with a little over two minutes remaining but managed just one shot on goal. "I tried to do that tonight". The Winnipeg Jets are a solid 7-4 in their last 11 games as a road underdog. In the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Jets had scored their first goal of the game to cut Vegas' lead in half.