Golden Knights top Jets 3-1, tie up Western Conference finals

Doug Mendoza
May 17, 2018

It was Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the Winnipeg Jets settled in at the Bellagio hotel to prepare for the third game of the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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. According to TicketCity, Golden Knights tickets for Wednesday and Friday night's games are going for as much as $4,000 on the secondary market. Homegrown baseball hero Bryce Harper is such a big fan he has bats with Golden Knights logos, and singer Carrie Underwood offered (it was declined) to sing the national anthem after her Nashville Predators were eliminated.

James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots.

"They're really good. They got a lot of skill, they're hard on pucks". As the playoffs' leading goal-scorer reached around a falling Brayden McNabb to retrieve his own rebound, Fleury dove across the crease and foiled Scheifele once more in even more spectacular fashion.

Only 35 seconds into the game, speedy Vegas winger Jonathan Marchessault, who's proving himself to be a Jet killer, raced down a gaping void on the left wing and opened up Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck like a thirsty toddler squeezing a juicebox. 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. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. But you're never anxious about how you win, it's all about if the ticket cashed, and honestly, we've been paid far more times than not when blindly backing the Las Vegas Golden Knights. "It doesn't matter what city we play in, we're going to take care of ourselves".

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Ehlers will sit out Game 3 against the Golden Knights due to an undisclosed issue, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Perreault said there are plenty of distractions this time of year but none are related to which city they happen to be in. The last time it dropped consecutive games was a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) from March 10-13.

"Nik Ehlers hasn't scored a goal", Maurice said. You put yourself in a tough position when you're down by a couple goals on the road, tough environment against a good team.

Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win three Stanley Cups, made key stops early and got help from teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net. Vegas tweaked its approach and was able to stay clear of Winnipeg in game 2, as the home team managed only a pair of takeaways. In the Game 3 loss, Ovechkin was held scoreless.

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