Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tomas Tatar scores as Vegas Golden Knights pull even in conference finals

Tomas Tatar scores as Vegas Golden Knights pull even in conference finals

In 20 regular-season games, he had four goals for Vegas.

So it was the player acquired from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline - a healthy scratch in Game 1 - who got the Knights on the board and sparked a win that evened the conference finals with the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets were unable to rally after that, and the Golden Knights got the road win they were looking for before returning home for Game 3 Wednesday night.

Tomas Tatar scored 6 minutes, 37 seconds into the game for the Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 30 saves. "We had some good chances, they capitalized on theirs". "They were on the puck and didn't make it easy". Because whatever they said on Monday didn't bring Fleury down. "That's our game. We're a fast team". They fired 10 shots at Fleury in the first nine minutes and had some golden chances.

Marchessault supplied his sixth goal of the playoffs at 8:45 of the third to make it 3-1. He persevered, and with a nifty tuck alongside the right post, he beat the Winnipeg Jets'goalie Connor Hellebuyck to give his team the lead.

The Jets finally got re-fueled enough to get on the scoreboard by cutting the Vegas lead in half at the 7:17 mark of the third.

Connor cut it to 2-1 with 12:43 left in the third period on a power-play goal, sneaking a bad-angle wrist shot from the left side of the net off Fleury's arm and into the net.

He didn't just step up - Marchessault was utterly dominant.

"I was not impressed with Vegas' play at all".

"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", he said. "We just gotta stay with it better". "Three minutes of it got away from us".

The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault.

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Smith slid the puck over and Marchessault made it count.

"We're gonna take the series in six [games]".

Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?

But. the Marchessault show was not over just yet.

That follows a crowd of 15,000 at Saturday's party, when the organizers were expecting the biggest yet. "We like where it was in the Nashville series".

Instead of increasing, the attendance has dropped ever since.

Vegas did just that, jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first period that kept the usually boisterous Winnipeg crowd out of the game for the majority of the time.

The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round.

- The Jets lead the National Hockey League in the playoffs with 18 third-period goals in the playoffs.

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.

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