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

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

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

"I can't wait to go home and play the game", Ovechkin said after the Game 2 victory, per Tom Gulitti of NHL.com. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been vulnerable to this point, and he needs to pick up his level if Tampa Bay is going to get back into this series.

The Jets were unable to rally after that, and the Golden Knights got the road win they were looking for before returning home for Game 3 Wednesday night. The Golden Knights took game two by a score of 3-1 to even the series at 1-1.

The visitors rattled the Jets, who have the loudest fans and biggest home-ice advantage in the league, by scoring twice early. The lone goal, Connor's third-period marker, came on the power play, and Winnipeg's attack appeared frustrated at times. "I think that's the biggest change that we did Game 1 to 2".

The Jets have outscored their opponents 21-9 in their last five playoff road games, which started with a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the quarterfinals. When you know what you're going to get out of a guy, it allows you to go out and do your job knowing that you're going to get this from other players. It was a rugged, seesaw series in which neither team was able to string together more than one victory. "Outside of the few minutes there, it was back and forth". Perhaps that is the way it should be with the consequences at hand.

The series victor will face either Washington or Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Jets managed to cut it to 2-1 on a Kyle Connor goal with 12:43 left in the game, but Marchessault added his second goal of the game shortly thereafter to make it a 3-1 contest which stood up until the finish. Marc-André Fleury almost let one slip past on the first shift, but then buckled down. "We just couldn't get any momentum going".

There's that ever-present theme again, about simply enjoying the moment and not getting too high or too low after every game. "We'll get a lot of energy off of that".

"Vegas was better [than in Game 1] for sure".

Of his 13 assists, nine have been of the primary variety, including the two he picked up on goals by Marchessault in Monday's 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

The Golden Knights quickly fixed that Monday night.

They stunned the hockey world by winning the Pacific Division title in their inaugural season and cruising through the first two rounds in postseason.

Marchessault iced the game just 88 seconds later though.

"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. "You're playing the same system and the same style and sometimes it just works out more on the road", said Hellebuyck.

This form of collective amnesia has served them well and is one of the main reasons they are in the Western Conference final, just three wins shy of a trip to the Stanley Cup final. He owns a career record of 35-17 after a loss in the playoffs, including 3-0 this year. "And they don't need a lot of room, they won't have to dominate to put two or three by you, they'll just need their own chances", said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. Perhaps one will begin to assert itself.

So it is all even with the next two games in Las Vegas, the second being on Friday. If not, that is not a surprise.