NHL playoffs: Vegas evens series with Winnipeg

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The Winnipeg Jets will look to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals when they host the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night. However, Winnipeg has scored 48 goals so far, one ahead of the Washington Capitals.

Marchessault, who leads all Golden Knights players with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the postseason, became the 10th player in National Hockey League history to earn at least 15 points in his team's first trip to the playoffs.

THE Winnipeg Jets are singing the first-goal blues this morning. They were at the top of the Western Conference, they were clearly emerging as contenders, and they were in the market for some help.

Winnipeg, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 7:35 of a 4-2 victory in Game 1, peppered Fleury early but was unable to get one past the Vegas netminder.

"They're opportunistic in the same sense we kind of can be", Trouba said. During the regular season, they gave up 30.7 shots-per-game (seventh best in the NHL).

Tomas Tatar scored a goal and Reilly Smith added two assists for Vegas. Both teams will likely have strong second and third periods, receive solid goaltending, and play relatively disciplined games.

"I don't think anybody in here minded our start". "I tried to do that tonight".

One of the biggest surprises from Game 1 was the number of shots the Golden Knights fired at Connor Hellebuyck. "We like where it was in the Nashville series". He finished the game with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in 21:01 of ice time.

The Winnipeg Jets hope to steal back home ice advantage while taking a 2-1 series lead.

Erik Haula almost put the Knights up 3-0 seconds later, but he hit the post on another break before the puck bounced off Hellebuyck's back and went just wide as Vegas outshot Winnipeg 8-0 in the second half of the period until Brandon Tanev's 70-foot wrister with five seconds left.

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Maybe they weren't paying attention to how resilient this expansion Vegas team has been in its playoff run.

After the Jets faced multiple two-on-ones, close calls, and big saves from Fleury, they finally broke through with a power-play goal at the eight-minute mark. "We rebounded after that". In that sense it is somewhat fitting that Tatar only got back into the lineup on Monday night because Perron could not go for Vegas. He's registered at least one point in all but two of Vegas' postseason games.

"The first goal was a couple of turnovers", Stastny said. The Golden Knights worked the puck around to Tatar and after being denied on the first try, he tucked in the loose puck under Hellebuyck for his first goal of the playoffs.

"We were chasing the game again".

"It's a series. I don't think anybody is panicking".

The match "Winnipeg" began with violent attacks, but nevertheless the jets failed.

The visitors made it 2-0 with 2:38 left in the period when Smith stripped Connor in the neutral zone, leading to a breakaway for Marchessault, who made no mistake through Hellebuyck's pads for his fifth. "Down two goals just made it tough", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

We're used to the whiteout crowd in Winnipeg being loud, rowdy, and nonstop, but for a 30-minute stretch, they looked perplexed as they sat on their hands almost silent.

The buzz, however, lasted just 88 seconds before Marchessault collected his second goal of the game with a nifty backhand over Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Winnipeg kept up the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third.

It came off the stick of Jets forward Kyle Connor, and it was a pretty ugly goal given up by Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.