Superhuman Fleury continues to lead Golden Knights on impropable run

Superhuman Fleury continues to lead Golden Knights on impropable run

The rally towels are already in place here at T-Mobile Arena. Couture's Sharks, in fact, reached the second round in a transition year with a younger roster before falling to the remarkable Golden Knights.

Jets starter Connor Hellebuyck turned away 27-of 30 shots in the loss, but his mistake in the second period cost Winnipeg momentum after Scheifele's goal.

While Marchessault got things going early to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead, their second line of Neal, Tuch and Erik Haula continued to heat up.

"The response there is huge", Neal told NBC's Brian Boucher. If Vegas wins it - still a big if at this point, but we're just playing with hypotheticals here - that would be his fourth.

The Lightning finally showed signs of life in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, and all of a sudden, there's a glimmer of hope they can take two games from the Capitals on the road.

Scheifele, though, wasn't finished. Then Scheifele struck for a second time just 18 seconds after the puck dropped. Those tallies have come on just 17 shots, for a sky-high shooting percentage of 65.

There was no one cooler on this 34-degree Vegas day. The Jets sensed vulnerability as well.

If Vegas' offense comes alive in Game 4, Fleury's margin of error is a bit higher, which means the concession of a single goal won't hurt his team's chances of winning.

Fleury's athleticism has been his calling card throughout his career, and it allows him (and sometimes even forces him) to make saves like those two. One more goal for Scheifele and the story is about an all-time individual performance. Both were emphatically denied by Fleury, who may have made the save of the playoffs on Scheifele's second attempt of the sequence.

"I was having a little fun", Fleury said. "I just got a toe on it but it bounced right back in the slot. He had a lot of time and some room to shoot so I just tried to get as much body in front of it and I got a piece".

The Jets' charged on, making the rink look more tilted than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Fleury also found time to give Blake Wheeler a wet-willy in the second period after the Winnipeg captain was pinned to the back of the net by Vegas forward Ryan Carpenter.

"At that point, it's what we expect from Flower", Vegas sniper Jonathan Marchessault said.

Then after the game he showed what makes him a beloved member of whatever hockey community he is a part of when he met with the wife and children of late Humboldt Broncos coach and general manager Darcy Haugan, spending 20 minutes with them.

Vegas, two wins from advancing to the Stanley Cup final, improved to 5-1 at home in the playoffs and host Game 4 on Friday night. James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots. These two saves on Mark Schiefele, the postseason's leading goal scorer, were absolutely dynamite.

A team that had no players at this time a year ago is two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup final. His line threatened to score on more shifts than not.

Scheifele is correct, with history against the Jets, who are trailing in a series for the first time this postseason.

The victor of the series advances to the Stanley Cup to face the victor of the Eastern Conference final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Flower shut the door in Game 3.

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