Knights dump Jets to even conference final, take home-ice advantage


The Jets received a lone goal from Kyle Connor, a power-play marker in the third period to break up Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid. "We know the things that we can do better as a team and individually, and we set the bar high". Tatar was acquired before the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings for three draft picks, but had just four goals and two assists in 20 games for Vegas in the regular season.

Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with a little over two minutes remaining but managed just one shot on goal.

Mark Scheifele, selected No. 7 overall in 2011, leads all postseason scorers with 12 goals and has averaged more than a point per game the past two seasons. Sometimes when all else fails, the goal post has your back, and when they do you have to show them some love.

"They came out flying again with a lot of speed", Fleury said.

After the Jets had a number of chances during an early push Monday - including a shot from Mark Scheifele that almost squeaked through Fleury's pads and a Nikolaj Ehlers shot off the post - Winnipeg sagged a bit before Vegas opened the scoring with 6:37 left in the first.

"The story of Winnipeg and the Jets, for far too long, has been about being underdogs and underrated", Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said.

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Slovakian left wing Tomas Tatar opened the scoring for Vegas 13:23 into the opening period and the Golden Knights made it 2-0 just 3:58 later after a mid-rink turnover allowed Marchessault to charge in alone and beat Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Centre Paul Stastny said even a one-goal deficit is a hard hole to emerge from in the heat of spring hockey.

"We're not too anxious about what other people have to say", James Neal said. "That's our game. We're a fast team. Three minutes of it got away from us", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "I don't think anybody is panicking".

His Golden Knights teammates showed their huge gratitude to the fabulous netminder with two late goals in the first period, and, suddenly, the Jets were the pursuers. While the Jets will be hoping to continue their winning ways, Vegas has intentions of evening the series before traveling to Vegas. Tatar's initial attempt went wide, but he collected the rebound off the end wall and slammed it short side before Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck could get back in position.

Tickets released by the Knights ranged from $125 to $495 for the first round against the Los Angeles Kings and then from $150 to $600 for the second round against the San Jose Sharks, according to Pollock.

Tomas Tatar - who has sat out of most of the playoffs as a healthy scratch - was skating in place of David Perron this morning, and Tomas Nosek was skating alongside fourth-liners Reaves, Bellemare and Lindberg.