Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

Scoring their lone goal in the game was Kyle Connor, which was his 3rd of the playoffs.

Tuch notched his fifth goal of the playoffs to push the lead to 3-1 after Neal fed him with a nifty pass from behind the net. For Winnipeg, Connor Hellebuyck suffered the loss as he surrendered three goals on 28 shots.

After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game. "In this case, I'm going to say it's more about lucky". "I tried to do that".

Game 2 was a different story, as Vegas clamped down on defense and Marc-Andre Fleury turned away Winnipeg's first 26 shots. "We've got to pick ourselves up tomorrow and be ready for a big game on Friday".

Even excluding Manitoba, the Jets remained the favourite button on television remotes in Western Canada with 22 per cent more viewers in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., watching Winnipeg versus Nashville than the Knights-Sharks series, according to Sportsnet. The last time it dropped consecutive games was a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) from March 10-13.

The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener, and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round. They went up another 76 percent in cost for the Third Round series against the Winnipeg Jets.

"I was just sitting there and people, they were fighting", Fleury said, "and (I was) trying to have a little smile by myself".

Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien attempts the wraparound on Vegas Golden Knights Deryk Engelland and goaltender Marc Andre Fleury during the third period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference finals Saturday

Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion in Pittsburgh, was not protected by the Penguins in last year's expansion draft.

"He's made unbelievable saves", Gallant said of Fleury. "We rebounded after that".

The Knights host the Jets in Game Four on Friday.

"Normally it takes longer for the teams to find that combination of performance and the right-looking logo that people are proud to wear".

Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele, who has postseason-high 12 goals, got the puck past Fleury in the opening moments of the game and Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt cleared it from the crease.

Vegas has been below average on offense in the playoffs so far as they come in ranked 10th in scoring at 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 18.2% of their chances. Forward James Neal was the only regular to skate with goaltender Maxime Lagace, forward Oscar Lindberg and defensemen Brad Hunt and Jon Merrill, none of whom dressed in Game 2. "(I'm going to talk for 19 hours", threatened Maurice, "and keep everybody from getting out on the town)".

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