The Vegas Golden Knights have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final and plan on making a statement in game four. The Winnipeg Jets may be a tough team but there is not a single organization in the National Hockey League that stands a chance against a Vegas crowd in T-Mobile Arena! Lets take a quick look at what happened on our home ice.
Within the first two minutes of this period, the Vegas Golden Knights were on their first NV Energy power play! Though they didn’t capitalize with the one man advantage, it only took a couple of seconds before Wild Bill found the back of the net. At 17:30 left in the first, Jonathan Marchessault rips one across the ice to William Karlsson who doesn’t get all of the puck but finds just enough to wobble one in past Conner Hellebuyck giving the Knights a 1-0 lead. The rest of this period was a lot of great defensive playing from both ends which led to either team not scoring before the clock hit zero.
The Jets started this period with a ton of scoring chances but as usual, Marc-Andre Fleury gave them zero opportunity to get any net time. Just four minutes into the period, the Winnipeg Jets went on a shooting spree against Flower who made some outstanding diving blocks and kept the Vegas Golden Knights with a 1-0 lead. This wouldn’t last for long and as we all know, the Winnipeg Jets were bound to get lucky at some point. With ten minutes left in the second, Dustin Byfuglien, from center ice, rips a laser of a pass to Patrik Laine who one times it in to a wide open Golden Knights net. With a tied game of 1-1, the Golden Knights know it’s time to answer back, and answer back is what they did. In less than a minute after the Jets scored their last goal, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare wraps around the Winnipeg net and attempts to stuff one in. This goes off the pad of Conner Hellebuyck and into the stick of Tomas Nosek who puts the rebound between the pipes and scores his first NHL playoff goal. With the Knights now up 2-1, the period ends and both teams hit the locker rooms.
The start of this period began with a Jets power play, which was the the third power play of the game. Winnipeg wasn’t able to capitalize with the one man advantage but was able to tie the game within a few minutes. From the right of the net, Tyler Myers sends a slap shot toward Marc-Andre Fleury and finds the five hole tying the game at 2-2. As you can imagine, this put all of T-Mobile and every fan at home on their feet in anticipation of what would happen next! With just seven minutes left in the game, Reilly Smith steals the puck at center ice and finds himself on a breakaway toward the net! With open ice, he winds up and sends a screaming slap shot top shelf and over the shoulder of Conner Hellebuyck! This would be the last goal scored during the period and the Vegas Golden Knights head back to Winnipeg with a dominate 3-1 lead on the series! Just one win away from playing in the Stanley Cup Finals!