'Momentum' will be key for remainder of Jets' showdown with Knights

Golden Knights top Jets 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

Golden Knights top Jets 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, which lost for the third time in its past four home playoff games.

The Jets smothered the Golden Knights' defensemen, and turned the approach into 10 takeaways and a number of scoring chances. Mark Scheifele took the next turn, which left the two remaining players - forward Andrew Copp and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck - to determine who got stuck being last in line. The Jets often had time in their own zone with the puck to start an attack but would be changing lines or players which helps Vegas because it gives the defense few options to send the puck up.

The victor advances to the Stanley Cup final against either Washington or Tampa Bay.

The series now shifts to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Game 3 on Wednesday and Game 4 on Friday.

"We know how to play on the road".

"They're opportunistic, kind of in the same sense we can be", Trouba said. "But it's a long series and you can't be taking losses to the next day".

Vegas' second line has struggled offensively against the Jets.

After splitting the first two games, the Jets realize they will need to crank up their game a bit in order to avoid falling behind in a series for the first time in three rounds.

Grabbing the win in game two was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-3 with a 1.68 GAA and a.945 save percentage in the playoffs this year and 71-54 with a 2.55 GAA a.912 save percentage in the playoffs in his career. And they were happy to see the Lightning pull out a 4-2 victory on Tuesday to get back to 2-1 down in the Eastern Conference Final. That's a bold statement because a 2-1 series lead is hardly devastating when looking at coming back but something seems different with these two teams.

"And they don't need a lot of room, they won't have to dominate to put two or three by you, they'll just need their own chances", said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

Did the Vegas Golden Knights show they are for real and deserve to be in the third round of the playoffs with this win? The Jets have been a good offensive team all year, but the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.39 gpg at home all year and just 1.83 gpg in the postseason so far.

The play was pretty even during the two games in Winnipeg. We got control of it but couldn't get away clean. The city had 13.0 local rating for Game 2 on NBCSN, the market's second-best rating for a cable game behind Game 6 vs. San Jose (14.0).

You can say this about Jets fans: They travel well. "When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back".

The former Winnipegger is in town with another friend from B.C. and said he has followed other teams before, but it always comes down to the Jets. From the outset of the team's 2017-18 season - in which hockey lovers united to cheer on their new franchise just days after a deadly attack claimed 59 lives - to the present moment, the organization's fans have shown that #VegasStrong was no brief campaign, but instead represented an overarching movement. That never happens. They've got a great team and they've had a great year, so no one is going to bow down or win easily. They went 1-1 in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, then an impressive 3-1 in the second-round victory over the Nashville Predators.

"Definitely excited about our effort tonight", Marchessault said. "It's just a matter of how you react to it". "It kind of was the way the game was played". "I don't think anybody is panicking".

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