While the Jets lost for the third time in the past four home games after ripping off a 13-game winning streak at MTS Place that dates back to March 1, they have plenty of reasons to be feeling good about the way they've played on the road in the post-season.
After the Jets had a number of chances during an early push Monday - including a shot from Mark Scheifele that almost squeaked through Fleury's pads and a Nikolaj Ehlers shot off the post on the shortside - Winnipeg sagged a bit before Vegas opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first period.
Both of the National Hockey League conference finals are on the verge of being lopsided contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury (28.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Vegas. He is an early favourite for the Conn Smythe award too. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for the Jets.
Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Marchessault scored in the first period to give the Knights the lead for good.
Although Winnipeg managed 11 shots of their own, Fleury stood tall to keep them off the board.
The Jets had life with a power play to start the final period.
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Hats off to them and tomorrow I think it will be a close race, anything can happen really just like the last couple". Daniel Ricciardo: "I really think we got the most out of the auto this afternoon".
The Jets' early 3-0 lead in the first period launched them toward their 4-2 victory on Saturday. Fleury was peppered with shots and stopped five unsafe ones in the first three minutes. Then an errant defensive play from the Knights ended with a shot off the post in tight from Andrew Copp. "Every time when you get a big game for our group, we show up". To their encouragement, this already matched their total shot output from Game One.
The momentum began to swing in the Knights' favour as the period wore on.
Notes: Game 6, if necessary, will be May 22 in Vegas, while a potential Game 7 would go May 24 in Winnipeg. With more freedom in the neutral zone, the Jets entered Vegas zone countless times with speed. Deflection goals. Big shot by (Dustin) Byfuglien.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Vegas turned it back on immediately. But the buzz in the air was quickly neutralized when Marchessault fired his second goal of the contest on a backhand just 88 seconds later.
The Vegas Golden Knights are back on equal footing with the Winnipeg Jets thanks to a victory in game two of the Western Conference Final.
The Knights have yet to trail by two games in any series this postseason, so we might learn a lot about their resiliency in this Game 2. Fleury continued his Cinderella story, proving to everyone his ability as a postseason starting goaltender is still very much alive and well.
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Perron wasn't feeling well.
Vegas weathered a blistering attack by Winnipeg at the outset. The old Jets, who left town in 1996, were swept in both of their trips to the second round, while the new incarnation, which moved from Atlanta in 2011, lost in four straight to the Anaheim Ducks to open the 2015 playoffs. Winnipeg will need their depth players to spend more time forechecking and playing the body again to swing momentum their way. "I think we showed the hockey world that (we earned) the right to be here and we're able to play against a great team". A good start is exponentially more important in this type of series.