'Momentum' will be key for remainder of Jets' showdown with Knights

Golden Knights top Jets 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

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It just wasn't their Knight. Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights.

After the Golden Knights even their Conference Final Series 1-1 with a 3-1 win over the Jets, Fleury was asked about the loud Winnipeg crowd. They lost 5-2 in Vegas in November, won 7-4 at home the next month and lost 3-2 in overtime in Winnipeg in February.

Unable to find much to cheer about from the play of their team, fans had to be prompted by the Jumbotron to "Make some noise".

Golden Knights fan Marie Wong dances at a watch party at Red Rock Casino after Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored a first period goal during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas.

She grew up in Winnipeg and said she has been a Jets fan 'forever'.

"We know how to play on the road". The puck would hit a stick or a skate or whatever, just not go their way. The Jets have gone 24-23 on the road for the year overall and they have averaged 2.98 gpg and have allowed 2.77 gpg in those games. If we start to complicate things and... when teams play our game against us and we're too fancy, that's a recipe for success for the other team. To that point nor was Vegas like the team in game one either.

Marchessault made it 2-0 at the 17:22 mark, taking a pass from Smith at the blue line and then breaking in and beating Hellebuyck through the pads with a backhand.

Vegas gave up three goals within eight minutes of the first period in Game 1, and survived a flurry of risky shots by the Jets at the outset on Monday.

"Yeah, I'm satisfied with my game", he said. "Every time we need a big game out of our group, we show up".

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah". "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". And the ones that are fortunate enough to get on a plane to come down, they want to keep it going.

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The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault.

No big deal, said Roy. "We like where it was in the Nashville series". It was a rugged, seesaw series in which neither team was able to string together more than one victory. He estimates more than 10,000 people attended an outdoor viewing party for Game 1 in 85-degree weather.

But. the Marchessault show was not over just yet.

Grabbing the win in game two was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-3 with a 1.68 GAA and a.945 save percentage in the playoffs this year and 71-54 with a 2.55 GAA a.912 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.

- Jets are 8-1 in the playoffs when scoring first and 1-4 when they don't.

If you look at the game as a whole it reads like a routine 3-1 win for Vegas but the goals were due to the three best opportunities by Vegas being realized.

Especially with how excellent they have been on the road this postseason, the Jets should be expected to come out with a win on Wednesday.

Local lore suggests that several teams were struck by the Vegas flu during the inaugural season, but the Jets stressed they were not about to fall victim to the night life, given what's at stake. Through two games, they've fumbled and the Capitals have taken advantage.

NBC Sports' coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs has the highest ratings in six years, including a combined audience delivery of 1.776 million viewers through four games.

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