Marc Andre-Fluery makes 30 saves as Golden Knights even series

Marc Andre-Fluery makes 30 saves as Golden Knights even series

Updates with new lead. He scored 30 goals last season with his old team, the Florida Panthers, by far a career best. Patrik Laine and Joel Armia had goals 46 seconds apart to give Winnipeg a three-goal lead, and the Golden Knights were unable to recover. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 32 goals on 421 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots.

Games 3 and 4 go Wednesday and Friday in Vegas.

Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with Reilly Smith (19) after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets in first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey third round playoff series at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, on Saturday, May 12, 2018. "We showed the hockey world that we own the right to be here".

While Marchessault and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were the stars on Monday for Vegas, the Golden Knights' success was rooted in a relentless forecheck in the late first and third periods that caused the Jets to turn over the puck.

Marchessault had two goals in his team's 3-1 victory.

After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game. "I tried to do that".

While the Jets lost for the third time in the past four home games after ripping off a 13-game winning streak at MTS Place that dates back to March 1, they have plenty of reasons to be feeling good about the way they've played on the road in the post-season.

"I don't think anybody is panicking", Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "Sometimes, we simplify our game and sometimes it makes it easier for us to play our game". "We like where it was in the Nashville series".

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Marchessault answered with his second goal of the game just 88 seconds later, finishing a two-on-one with Smith with a backhand shot past Hellebuyck's stick side. Sometimes when all else fails, the goal post has your back, and when they do you have to show them some love.

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.

It looked Monday like they were going to pick up where they left off, but Fleury made key saves early and got help from a teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net.

"It was more kind of like an anger of like we want to get back - like let's get Game 3 going here", Tampa Bay's coach said. "We rebounded after that. It's just a matter of how you react to it".

"The first goal was a couple of turnovers", Stastny said.

The Vegas Golden Knights vowed to bounce back and Paul Maurice and the Jets knew it was coming. "That's our game. We're a fast team". "I don't think anybody is panicking. Down two goals just made it tough", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. "There's a lot of great guys and we battle for each other". Tomas Tatar put Vegas ahead 13:23 seconds into the opening period, and Marchessault added another at the 17:22 mark.

That whipped the white-clad fans into a frenzy - triggering jeers of "Fleu-ry! Fleu-ry!" only to be quieted by another Marchessault backhander that beat Hellebuyck. Even though the Jets threw everything they had at Fleury in the final minutes, it wasn't enough to close the deficit. David Perron (illness) and Oscar Lindberg were scratched.

"You can't worry about whether you lost the last one or won", Gallant said.

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