Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Golden Knights hold on to take series lead

Golden Knights hold on to take series lead

Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) gets pushed into the goal by Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals hockey playoff series at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals have the opportunity to create valuable separation in their respective Game 4s of the 2018 National Hockey League conference finals.

Fleury bounced back after a loss in Game 1 to stop 30 of 31 shots in Game 2 and lead the Golden Knights to a 3-1 victory. Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said he knew in the morning that Ehlers would not play, but refused to elaborate on the nature of Ehlers' ailment. "It's up for grabs every single time the puck drops and we had it and they certainly seized it right back".

Scheifele, who scored twice in Game 3 and leads all Stanley Cup Playoff performers with 14 postseason goals, took a feed from Blake Wheeler and blasted a one-timer that Fleury somehow kicked out. His jersey sales seem to pale in comparison to the likes of Fleury, James Neal, Karlsson and even the injury-reserve designated Clayton Stoner - ah, the perks of a last name.

After Scheifele tied the game in the second period, Neal answered 12 seconds later after Haula dished a flawless pass to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. "You take the momentum away from them there and you'd like to sustain it for a little bit". Given that he is already 11th on the NHL's all-time wins list, already has his name on the Stanley Cup three times, and secured one of those championships with buzzer-beating save on one of the greatest players of all-time (Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom) that is not exactly a small accomplishment. Tuch notched his fifth goal of the playoffs after Neal fed him with a nifty pass from behind the net. "He made some really, really good saves".

"One of the things I like to do is come down and trash talk with the enemies, but I do it with love and I've been doing it all season long", said Bryan Petersen, who has lived in Vegas for nine years. It's unlucky he knocked it down. "I look down there and he's just having fun". "We definitely need to close that game better". I just tried to get as much body as I could in front of it. "But we've got a lot to prove and we're making history".

"They are relentless", said Mathieu Perreault, the Jets centre. "They're a resilient team". "Whatever you pay for a ticket, it's probably cheaper than what you pay at the real production shows and it's better. It kinda sucked the life out of them and gave us energy".

Now it's the Jets turn to try to respond. If the Capitals change that, then they'll be one win away from the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998. "We have some places that are going to lose seven figures". Unless the price is insane, make sure he's in your lineup for Game 4. Surely, the homecourt advantage has shifted to the other team after the defeat but the Jets can have a strong motivation to get the hold of it in Game 3.

Scheifele pulled the visitors within a goal 18 seconds into the third period on an assist from Kyle Connor.

"They have a pretty good goalie", Wheeler said. Fleury, who has made his case for the Conn Smythe Trophy throughout this year's postseason, rose to the challenge.

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