Reilly Smith continues setting up goals for Golden Knights


It just wasn't their Knight.

Marchessault scored twice against the Winnipeg Jets in the series-tying 3-1 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference final Monday night.

The Vegas Golden Knights are proving to be as popular at the merchandise table as they are in Sin City. I think [Game 2] was huge for our team to kind of establish ourselves and get ourselves going in the series.

"Most of us are in that half-a-million to a million-dollar range". The arrival of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 gave her an excuse to buy some tickets, she said, while the mass shooting on The Vegas Strip last fall gave the team and the community even more of a sense of objective, she added. The puck would hit a stick or a skate or whatever, just not go their way.

Daryl Capstick was more willing to chat about the game and was keeping the faith about the Jets' fortunes. "When any team at this level has a chance to make plays with time, they're going to make the right plays".

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Smith had a disgusting game, recording zero points while going 0-for-7. "I understand why they gave me a flag there". Even after the game, which the Celtics won 107-94, Smart remained less amused by the whole ordeal.

Herda watches every game in her personalized Jets dress and said she will be sporting it loud and proud while in Vegas.

Gerard Gallant's team should utilize a similar strategy to Game 2 in which it was able to neutralize the threat of Winnipeg's best playmakers. They fired 10 shots at Fleury in the first nine minutes and had some golden chances.

The players had a bounce in their step as they arrived for a media availability at the Bellagio Hotel, with Scheifele racing to get into the scrum ahead of Copp and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Scoring first is always vital, but it takes on extra significance against Winnipeg. Jets rookie Kyle Connor squeezed it 2-1 early in the third, but Jonathan Marchessault regained the two-goal lead 1:28 later with the top-line winger's second of the game. He had one of his best games of the playoffs Monday night in Game 2 at Winnipeg as his two goals helped lead Las Vegas to a 3-1 victory to even the series at a game apiece.

Where the Jets need to be concerned is with the relentlessness of the Vegas puck pressure and pursuit, and it's like amplified on home ice. You're not just good at home, you're good no matter where you go and it doesn't matter where you go. "We've got ourselves a series".

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The Jets' defender dove to poke check the Knights' Reilly Smith who was on a rush with Marchessault. Byfuglien tried to draw a penalty by shooting the puck into that area once and in Winnipeg the crowd made their own call on it too.

No big deal, said Roy. The Jets have gone 24-23 on the road for the year overall and they have averaged 2.98 gpg and have allowed 2.77 gpg in those games. They drop two forwards in to forecheck in the offensive zone and leave one high to pressure the outlet pass.

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Before his 51-point season with the Panthers last season, he had a total of 19 points in parts of the three previous seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning. "We like where it was in the Nashville series". That prompted organizers to try controlling attendance at 27,000 by issuing first-come, first-served free tickets.

- Jets are 8-1 in the playoffs when scoring first and 1-4 when they don't.

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With a point to prove after losing Game 2 at home, the fast start will be flawless for the Jets, but keeping the intensity up for the final 40 minutes will be the biggest key.