Game three is about to be under way and we are back in Las Vegas, Nevada! Little fact for those who didn’t know… the Vegas Golden Knights were voted the #1 team to see at home! You know what this means for the Jets? You guessed it… they are about to have an extremely hard time getting a W in our house.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to make it clear whose house the Winnipeg Jets were in. In just 35 seconds, Brayden McNabb gets a turnover at center ice that gives Jonathan Marchessault a break away. With some nice stick handling and a quick back hand, the puck finds its way to the back of the net giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. The rest of this period consisted of the Winnipeg Jets struggling to match the intensity of the Golden Knights and was completely scoreless after Marchy’s back hand goal.
This period got interesting, as for a split second you almost thought the Winnipeg Jets had a chance. Just six minutes into the period, Blake Wheeler sends a shot in front of the net that bounces off the stick of Mark Scheifele and dribbles past Marc-Andre Fleury. It was initially called back but after review, the officials allowed the Jets to have their first goal of the game. The Golden Knights didn’t take long to answer back, in just 10 quick seconds, Erik Haula from behind the net sends a quick back hand to James Neal who one times it in for a goal, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead. Another three minutes later, James Neal sends a one timer pass to Alex Tuch who buries it and extends the lead 3-1. The Jets continued to play as aggressive as they could for the rest of the period but couldn’t find an opportunity to close the gap. The clock hits zero and both teams head to the locker room to prep for the final period.
Just 18 quick seconds into the final period, Mark Scheifele gets a one timer opportunity and finds the back of the net closing the gap to just one goal. With the score 3-2 in favor of the Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury knows he needs to pull out all the stops to make sure this game doesn’t go into overtime. With only nine minutes left, Fleury looked liked a goal keeper for the Las Vegas Lights FC as he made a terrific diving save to the right of the net followed directly by another diving save to the left. With under two minutes left, the Winnipeg Jets pull Connor Hellebuyck for the one man advantage. Both teams played hard as the Jets wanted a game tying goal and the Knights wanted to hold the lead. In the final two seconds, Jonathan Marchessault gets ahold of the puck and wraps around the empty net and scores the final goal of the game.
The Golden Knights now lead the series 2-1 and still have another home game before heading back to Winnipeg! I think its safe to say our beloved Knights will be hitting the road with a 3-1 lead and be one step closer to fight for the Stanley Cup!