Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Jonathan Marchessault's 2 goals help Golden Knights even series

Jonathan Marchessault's 2 goals help Golden Knights even series

He scored the Golden Knights' first goal at 13:23 in the first period en route to a 3-1 road win over the Winnipeg Jets to even the series at 1-1. The Vegas Golden Knights tightend up the defense and got plenty of quality looks offensively, as nine players had at least two shots on goal in the victory.

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. They haven't dropped consecutive games since early March. Taking home-ice advantage from the Jets could be critical for the Golden Knights. He is an early favourite for the Conn Smythe award too.

"If you're going to go out there and talk to the media, and say the team has to be better, then you need to lead by example", Marchessault said.

Tatar and Marchessault, with his first of two goals in the game, beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck in a four-minute span.

Although Winnipeg managed 11 shots of their own, Fleury stood tall to keep them off the board.

The Jets closed the scoreless second period and started the third on the power play and still couldn't get the puck past Fleury. The Jets scored three goals in the opening 7:35 of Game 1 and cruised to a 4-2 victory. "The guy has been an incredible player in this league and proved it for many years".

That's what Jonathan Marchessault and the Vegas Golden Knights were able to accomplish Monday night in Winnipeg. To their encouragement, this already matched their total shot output from Game One.

The Jets opened the third period on a power play after Blake Wheeler was tripped with two seconds left in the second period. Winnipeg was up 3-0 before eight minutes of the game had elapsed.

THE Winnipeg Jets are singing the first-goal blues this morning. The one goal he let in was a soft one, but he was more than entitled to a mistake after making several big saves against the Jets' scorers. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 32 goals on 421 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots.

Unfortunately for the Jets, Vegas turned it back on immediately. But the buzz in the air was quickly neutralized when Marchessault fired his second goal of the contest on a backhand just 88 seconds later. The Knights controlled the rest of the game and this one would end at 3-1 Vegas.

Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba said they knew the Golden Knights would come out quicker in this game. Fleury continued his Cinderella story, proving to everyone his ability as a postseason starting goaltender is still very much alive and well. Tomas Nosek, another former Red Wings forward, also drew in on the fourth line for Vegas.

Vegas weathered a blistering attack by Winnipeg at the outset.

Ripping the game opener is a hallmark of both clubs' success during 2018 post-season play.

The momentum began to swing in the Knights' favour as the period wore on. If you want to sit close to the action, get ready to shell out a month's worth of rent - or more.

Neither team found the net in the middle stanza where the Jets outshot the Knights 8-7.

The crowd would reignite for all of a minute before Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault put another puck past Connor Hellebuyck to make it 3-1 (his second of the night).

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