Jets head to Vegas tied 1-1 with Knights

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Game three between the Jets and Golden Knights is scheduled for Wednesday, with puck drop in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. CST.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 after the Golden Knights defeated the Jets 3-1 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Monday, rebounding from a 4-2 loss in Game 1 there on Saturday.

"Obviously when that pre-game skate comes around (Wednesday) everyone will be a little bit more dialled in but, if we're not having fun, then what are we doing?"

Smith has also found way to have his CF% per over 50 percent in all but three games and of the Golden Knights forwards that have played at least 10 games, Smith ranks fourth in CF% (54.78) behind Karlsson, Marchessault and Ryan Carpenter.

"It's upsetting. It wasn't their night", said fan John Capstick, who initially didn't even want to talk about the loss. "When any team at this level has a chance to make plays with time, they're going to make the right plays".

"[They made] cute plays when they should have just dumped the puck in or made the right freeze and pass".

The Jets might be the best team in the National Hockey League at holding early leads. "For our team we just have to win that battle", said Scheifele.

"There's going to be moments in this series where they get scoring chances".

Then their engines sputtered while Vegas cranked it up.

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The Jets closed the scoreless second period and started the third on the power play, but still could not get the puck past Fleury.

"That top line, when they get going and they make some plays and they've got some time and space like they did, they score a couple of attractive goals", Gallant said of his top line after Game 2. But the deadly silence returned 88 seconds later when Jonathan Marchessault restored Vegas' two goal cusion.

Forward David Perron, who did not play in Game 2, still doesn't feel well and is day to day, Gallant said. "Just a huge game, so we'll have to bring our best", said Jets forward Mathieu Perreault.

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah". You're not just good at home, you're good no matter where you go and it doesn't matter where you go.

The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault. "That's probably the biggest thing with them", said Copp.

"We'll be ready to bounce back", veteran Jets centre Paul Stastny said after the loss.

In Game 2, they took a 2-0 lead in the first period and were more assertive all over the ice.

"Forty-thousand people with the "Whiteout" in Winnipeg can't be wrong", he said.

Golden Knights fans Brian Matherly, left, and Jennifer Hendowski cheer at a watch party at Red Rock Casino during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas. That prompted organizers to try controlling attendance at 27,000 by issuing first-come, first-served free tickets. The Jets are a +125 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals.

- The Jets had 33 hits in Game 1 against the Golden Knights - the most in a game since the first round against the Minnesota Wild. They moved on to eliminate San Jose in six games. He has yet to score a goal in the playoffs, but has accounted for seven assists in nine games.