Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals - including an empty-netter in the closing seconds - to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference final Wednesday night.
The Jets on paper seem to have the advantage in this game.
The Winnipeg Jets are in Las Vegas for the NHL's Western Conference final, trailing the Golden Knights 2-1.
While road teams have a winning record in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Knights are 5-1 at home, where they've outscored opponents 22-10 while winning three games by at least two goals. But as we know, the Golden Knights should not be taken lightly.
The Jets showed some life in the third period on Wednesday, and certainly outplayed what appeared to be a tired Vegas team over the final 20 minutes, but Fleury was outstanding in coming up with tremendous highlight saves to preserve the win.
The Vezina Trophy-finalist went as far to say he liked his game better than the guy about 200 feet across the rink - 14-year veteran Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 33 of 35 shots and improved to 10-3 in the post-season.
If the Jets are to have any chance of pulling this series out, they're going to need some scoring from somebody not named Mark Scheifele. He scored two goals in Wednesday's 4-2 victory.
The Boston Bruins survived a gruelling, seven-game series in the opening round with the Toronto Maple Leafs and then opened the next round with adrenaline pumping through their veins in beating Tampa Bay handily in Game 1.
Ehlers, who had 29 goals, has yet to notch one in 13 games and was a mysterious scratch on Wednesday night. "They're going to have their games, we're going to have our games".
"Vegas is getting more comfortable". They don't make too many like him.
The total is 5½ (Over minus 115), and the Knights are plus 220 on the puck line.
The team also made sure the Haugans arrived in style, hooking them up with jerseys ahead of the game.
"I did that?" Fleury said at his locker afterward.
Little has one goal in 15 playoff games after producing 16 this season, Perreault has just a single point and Lowry hasn't scored since December. Teams with a 2-1 lead in the conference final (or National Hockey League semifinals) have won the series 35 of 43 times (81.4 per cent) since 1975.