The Jets received a lone goal from Kyle Connor, a power-play marker in the third period to break up Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid. "We just gotta stay with it better". He had 70 points in the regular season and scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 1.
Tatar had been scratched from the previous three playoff games before returning to action Monday.
It was a massive insurance goal for the Golden Knights, and it essentially slam the door shut right in Winnipeg's face.
The Golden Knights then dominated the final seven minutes of the opening period, scoring two goals less than four minutes apart and hitting the post on two more tries. "You give them a little light or a little day and they're going to take advantage of it".
The only thing better than silencing a crowd on the road might be silencing a crowd on the road while they're in the process of mocking your team.
"We were chasing the game again".
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"If you're going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better, I think you need to lead by example, and I tried to do that tonight", Marchessault said.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) knocks the puck away from Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Copp (9) as Knights' Luca Sbisa (47) defends during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference final, Saturday, May 12, 2108, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "We played really well with that lead", Marchessault said.
Sounds like the exact same approach the Jets have taken this season, focusing on the day and task at hand - striving to improve and to play faster in each and every game. Coach Gerard Gallant wouldn't confirm if Tatar or Nosek would play but said there is a chance. "I think we showed that". Tatar's initial attempt went wide, but he collected the rebound off the end wall and slammed it short side before Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck could get back in position.
Blake Wheeler liked 57 minutes of Monday's game between Winnipeg and Vegas.
The Jets got some momentum off a penalty kill following the intermission, but couldn't solve Fleury on any of their eight shots in a second that also saw Andrew Copp hit the post. While the Jets will be hoping to continue their winning ways, Vegas has intentions of evening the series before traveling to Vegas.
As of Monday, the average sales price on StubHub for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday - the Knights' first home game this round - was $488. They haven't dropped consecutive games since early March.