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Sports Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights top Jets 4-2

08:00  17 may  2018
08:00  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden Knights

  Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden Knights Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden KnightsBoth the Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights are in the Conference Final for the first time in team history, with Vegas managing to get there in their inaugural season, perhaps one of the most impressive accomplishments in the history of the sport.

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Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals hockey playoffs series against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS - Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals — including an empty-netter in the closing seconds — to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference final Wednesday night.

Vegas took a 2-1 series lead and is now two wins from advancing to the Stanley Cup final. The Golden Knights improved to 5-1 at home in the playoffs, and host Game 4 on Friday night.

James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots.

Mark Scheifele scored both of Winnipeg's goals and has a playoff-leading 14 goals in 15 post-season games. Connor Hellebuyck had 26 saves for the Jets, who arrived in Las Vegas having outscored their opposition 23-15 in road games during the playoffs.

Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets

  Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over JetsTomas Tatar also scored for the expansion Knights, while Reilly Smith added two assists.

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals _ including an empty-netter in the closing seconds _ to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4 - 2 victory over Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, right, blocks a shot by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith during the second period of Game 3

The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4 - 2 . LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals — including an empty-netter in the closing seconds — to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4 - 2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference

Marchessault scored his seventh goal of the playoffs just 35 seconds into the game as he took a pass from Brayden McNabb and went forehand-backhand to slip the puck past Hellebuyck, giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

Scheifele tied it with a double-deflection off his stick and calf that went past Fleury. But 12 seconds later, Neal answered when Hellebuyck misplayed the puck behind his net and Erik Haula dished a perfect pass, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead.

Tuch notched his fifth goal of the playoffs to push the lead to 3-1 after Neal fed him with a nifty pass from behind the net.

Scheifele netted his second goal of the game just 18 seconds into the third period to cut Vegas' lead to one, but Winnipeg couldn't overcome the Golden Knights' speed and execution, despite outplaying them over the final 20 minutes.

Marchessault: 'We showed the world we earned the right to be here'

  Marchessault: 'We showed the world we earned the right to be here' Marchessault: 'We showed the world we earned the right to be here'"I think we showed the world we earned the right to be here," the forward told reporters after scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets that knotted the series at one game apiece.

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals – including an empty-netter in the closing seconds – to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4 - 2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. Golden Knights 4, Jets 2.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jonathan Marchessault vowed after the Golden Knights ' morning skate to come out swinging in Game 3 of the Western Conference final During a scrum behind the Golden Knights ' net with 2 :34 left in the second period, Fleury reached over and tickled the left ear of the Jets ' Blake

Fleury, who bounced back after a loss in Game 1 to stop 30 of 31 shots in Game 2, made several huge saves late in the game to perserve Vegas' lead. After stonewalling Tyler Myers' breakaway attempt with 11:50 left in the game, he stymied Scheifele's back-to-back shot with 9:30 remaining. Less than two minutes later, he smothered the puck with a slew of players piled near the crease.

Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with 1:03 left, but Marchessault's empty-netter with 3 seconds left sealed the win.

The Jets had scored a power play goal in 11 of the 13 playoff games in which they had a man advantage, but was 0 for 2 with a man advantage.

Winnipeg hadn't lost back-to-back games during the playoffs. The last time it dropped consecutive games was a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) from Mar. 10-13.

NOTES: Teams that take a 2-1 lead in the conference final (or NHL semifinals) have won the series 35 of 43 times (81.4 per cent) since 1975. ... While ticket prices for Friday's Game 4 spiked as high as $5,000 on Monday, they ranged between $259 and $2,500 as the puck dropped for Game 3. ... The Golden Knights welcomed the family of Humboldt Broncos head coach and GM Darcy Haugan, wife Christina and children Carson and Jackson. ... With his two goals, Scheifele now owns the NHL record for most goals scored on the road in a single playoffs with 11, surpassing Sidney Crosby and Joe Mullen, each with 10. ... With 53 victories, Hellebuyck remains one shy of tying the most single-season wins by a goaltender, in both the regular season and playoffs, held by Washington's Braden Holtby (54 in 2015-16).

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Jonathan Marchessault, and how he found his way to Vegas, might be the epitome of how the Golden Knights forged their improbable run to the Stanley Cup final. After the centre was surprisingly left exposed by the Florida Panthers for last June's expansion draft, the Knights not only got the former 30-goal man for nothing, but Vegas general manager George McPhee also acquired Reilly Smith from the Panthers on the promise he'd select Marchessault. After the centre was surprisingly left exposed by the Florida Panthers for last June's expansion draft, the Knights not only got the former 30-goal man for nothing, but Vegas general manager George McPhee also acquired Reilly Smith from the Panthers on the promise he'd select Marches

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