It just wasn't their Knight.
They'll hope to apply those lessons starting Wednesday in Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena.
After knotting its NHL Western Conference final series at 1-1 with a 3-1 victory at Winnipeg on Monday night, the Vegas Golden Knights now hold home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series. They outscored Nashville 11-3 in their final two games at Bridgestone Arena where the Preds were 28-9-4 during the regular season. I think [Game 2] was huge for our team to kind of establish ourselves and get ourselves going in the series. The veteran left wing missed his first attempt at the Jets' goal, but stayed with the puck.
The Golden Knights lit the lamp first, getting a score from Tom Tatar 13:23 into the first period.
"It's upsetting. It wasn't their night", said fan John Capstick, who initially didn't even want to talk about the loss. The puck would hit a stick or a skate or whatever, just not go their way. We put a lot of pressure on the (defense), we got some turnovers and we were able to create some chances. "But oh well, now that the Jets realize Vegas is a good team and they're someone to contend with, it'll be a hard-fought series", he said. "We played a really good team game".
Fleury had 30 saves after giving up four goals Saturday on 26 shots.
Then their engines sputtered while Vegas cranked it up.
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. He persevered, and with a nifty tuck alongside the right post, he beat the Winnipeg Jets'goalie Connor Hellebuyck to give his team the lead.
Sure, he could stand to chip in with a few more goals between now and whenever Vegas' season ends, but he's still getting shots on goal. The second goal was the give away by Kyle Connor while the four other Jets skaters on the ice- the blame goes all around.
Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault has been a revelation for the expansion squad this season, scoring 27 goals and dishing out 48 assists in 77 regular season games. "You're playing the same system and the same style and sometimes it just works out more on the road", said Hellebuyck.
"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah".
"It just shows the resiliency of these good teams. You can worry about them that night and then the next day get back to enjoying your time in the Western Conference final", said forward Andrew Copp. They battled hard and played a hard game, so that's what we expected from them.
But. the Marchessault show was not over just yet.
Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party? Opening faceoff isscheduled for 6 p.m. The 33-year-old goalkeeper admitted he heard most things yelled his way, but joked to reporters the crowds "FLEURY, FLEURY", chants made him think "that they like me a lot".
Instead of increasing, the attendance has dropped ever since. And that's exactly how the Golden Knights need to play, exactly what they need to do, in order to continue to find success against the Jets.
Vegas gave up three goals within eight minutes of the first period in Game 1, and survived a flurry of unsafe shots by the Jets at the outset on Monday.
- The Jets lead the National Hockey League in the playoffs with 18 third-period goals in the playoffs.
"He's a fiery, fiery player", said Golden Knights winger James Neal.