Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets as Vegas evens series 1-1


As of Monday, the average sales price on StubHub for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday - the Knights' first home game this round - was $488.

While Marchessault and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were the stars on Monday for Vegas, the Golden Knights' success was rooted in a relentless forecheck in the late first and third periods that caused the Jets to turn over the puck.

While the Jets lost for the third time in the past four home games after ripping off a 13-game winning streak at MTS Place that dates back to March 1, they have plenty of reasons to be feeling good about the way they've played on the road in the post-season.

Less than two minutes later as Jets" fans started the "Fleury' chants, Marchessault backhanded one past Conor Hellebuyck to restore the Golden Knights' two-goal lead. "We just couldn't get any momentum going". Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal towels on seats before Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series between Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif, Monday, April 30, 2018.

The longer the game went on, the more pressure Winnipeg applied to Fleury and the Golden Knights defense.

The Golden Knights got an offensive spark from Tomas Tatar, the prized trade-deadline acquisition who had trouble adapting to his new club and was a healthy scratch in seven of the previous 11 playoff games. It was just a turnover, kind of a lack of communication with the line change.

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Unlike other National Hockey League teams, which fire general managers and coaches if they don't quickly have success, the Jets have allowed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to build a championship contender since hiring him in 2011 when they left Atlanta. "You give them a little light or a little day and they're going to take advantage of it". Last game wasn't good enough, so we are looking to have a better start and play a full 60-minute game.

"'March' was real good tonight, he scored two big goals, but I thought all our team did their jobs tonight", said Vegas Coach Gerard Gallant.

Winnipeg Jets head coach talks to the media after 3-1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights. "It's just a matter of how you react to it".

"It makes it tough to come back".

To that same end, if the Jets are going to predict the outcome, then they should be better prepared to push back against it. Vegas deserves credit for their adjustment, again a nod to the edge in skill that the Jets own.

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