Vegas & Winnipeg haven't had a meeting like this since…

Vegas & Winnipeg haven't had a meeting like this since…

The Golden Knights outskated the Jets on the night and they played Vegas hockey, something that was missing in Game 1.

"We definitely showed up", said the 27-year-old, who was plucked from the Florida Panthers in the expansion draft last June. "Maybe we showed the hockey world we deserve to be here".

His team is even at 1-1 in the conference final and the Golden Knights return home for the next two games at the T-Mobile Arena, a building where they have won four out of five outings in the first two rounds.

Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights.

Kyle Connor replied for the Jets, who got 25 saves from Connor Hellebuyck.

Is the ice in Winnipeg slow? After Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored about one minute into the game, the Jets fell into a rhythm. "We just couldn't get any momentum going". Game 3 is in Las Vegas. "You have to bring your A-game to get to that same level". He's been nothing short of incredible in this playoff run and his stellar play continued tonight as he picked up his 71st playoff win (Tied for 9th all time with Jacques Plante).

"Everybody steps up at some point", Fleury said. He had 70 points in the regular season and scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 1. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in 21:01 of ice time. "Obviously, when you didn't play and you're jumping in a conference final it's kind of hard, but I was just trying to keep it together, trying to play as simple as you can at the start and shift by shift I was getting more confident". "We didn't go after it". After a win or lose, the next day, we all know it's a new day.

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. Connor rushed up the left side and snapped a shot underneath the arm of Fleury to get the crowd back into it.


"It's not about proving anything", Tatar said.

"There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us". Before his second and after Connor's goal, the fans were calling out Fleury's name a la Darryl Strawberry in the 1980's (as seen in an episode of The Simpsons) but that ended quickly when Marchessault took a pass from Smith and beat Hellebuyck on a backhand while crossing the net.

The Jets got some momentum off a penalty kill following the intermission, but couldn't solve Fleury on any of their eight shots in a second that also saw Andrew Copp hit the post.

Winnipeg cut the Vegas lead to one at 7:17 of the third period, when Connor converted on the power play. Smith has just one goal in the playoffs, but he's managed to collect an impressive 13 assists in 12 games.

The victor of game two won't necessarily win the series, but a victory could go a long way in the outcome. Vegas did a much better job of establishing a forecheck in the second half of the opening period - disrupting the Winnipeg breakout and forcing turnovers that lead to goals by Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Marchesseault four minutes apart.

That being said, the Jets are the most formidable playoff opponent Vegas has faced.

David Perron was scratched before game time as he was not feeling well.

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