Golden Knights 2nd Line Needed To Win Game 2

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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) block a shot from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey third round playoff series at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada on Monday, May 14, 2018. So far in these playoffs there's been a fairly simple formula for beating the Jets - get the first goal and check them into the ice.

It's of little effect anyway.

"We were on them, " Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said.

"We were chasing the game again", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.

We may see a shakeup in the Golden Knights' lineup if morning skate is any indication.

"Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up, " Marchessault said. "Three minutes of it got away from us". They could have scored four goals in three minutes ...

"We just (have to) stay with it better. All year I've pretty much played on the third and fourth line, so it doesn't really matter where I'm at".

It looked like they were going to pick up where they left off. They're (going to) create some momentum and put the puck in the net. "If that was the choice, you just have to do everything and be a good teammate".


The Jets didn't handle the adversity well after controlling the series opener Saturday.

The puck drops for Game 2 tonight at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, and the Golden Knights desperately need a win to avoid falling behind in the series 2-0. Vegas is best when they are rolling multiple offensive lines, if their 2nd best scoring line disappears, their chances to win this series dimish drastically.

Good as it is, Winnipeg's hockey team is unable to give itself any breathing room during the playoffs. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later. "It makes it tough to come back". They are only the third major sports team to complete a four-game sweep in their first postseason series and the only one to do it in their inaugural year. And so on and so forth. "You move on and get ready for the next one".

And then, somehow, he let one in from a bad angle to Kyle Connor on a power play.

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.

Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with a little over two minutes remaining but managed just one shot on goal.

"There's two things", he said. "The one that cost us I think is that we pushed too early, got out of our routes too early". "Then the second piece of that was what I'd said earlier is that we didn't do anything clean, we didn't do anything quickly".

Vegas won't have that problem in Game 2, but will have to produce a better all-around performance to avoid losing back-to-back playoff games for the first time in franchise history.

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