The Golden Knights improved to 5-1 at home in the playoffs, and host Game 4 on Friday night.
Vegas beats Winnipeg 4-2, takes 2-1 series lead. The Golden Knights might have put together their best penalty kill of the postseason in the first period with the Jets finding virtually no scoring chances, and their only other one of the game went nearly as smoothly. Mark Scheifele scored both of Winnipeg's goals and has a playoff-leading 14 goals in 15 postseason games.
Consider that the team's second forward line, which broke out of a mini-slump and drove the attack Wednesday with a pair of goals, consisted of Neal and Minnesota Wild castoffs Erik Haula and Tuch.
"I decided to go make the bets because I believed in these two teams", the 49-year-old former Winnipegger said Tuesday at her residence near Red Rock Canyon, illuminated by the late-evening desert sun.
They are now just two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, if you can believe it.
Vegas is 10-3 in its first stab at the playoffs and a step closer to reaching the Stanley Cup final, which seemed like folly when a patchwork team of castoffs was put together to surround Marc-André Fleury last summer. They have made a huge impact on the city and have stunned the hockey world with their outstanding play on the ice. It's unlucky he knocked it down. I don't know who that is, but I thought he might come in and maybe even hedge at some point in time or kind of brag about his ticket, because some of them do when they have those type of odds. "He's so good, he's been calm and cool every game".
It's easy to see why Fleury was GM George McPhee's first player transaction, a handshake deal that we know now was consummated in February 2017, before Fleury helped Pittsburgh to half its 16 wins last summer when Matt Murray went down. I haven't given it away too many times this year.
"Special teams are just going to get more and more under the microscope", Stamkos said. Scheifele's goal also set a record for most road goals scored (11) during a single postseason.
Ryan said she always takes time to welcome fans from other cities, because she appreciates their love of hockey and the excitement they add to the games. "They're a resilient team". If you want to quibble and point out that he was mostly a backup in the playoffs on the past two Stanley Cup winning teams he played for, you would not be entirely wrong.
Now it's the Jets turn to try to respond. The Golden Knights' defense was relentless, particularly in the first period when they allowed only three shots on goal.
"That's an important challenge", Maurice said. "You probably get [fewer and fewer] chances as the playoffs go on".
Two of the Jets' most commonly cited advantages coming into Game 3 were their power play and their defense.
Scheifele pulled the visitors within a goal 18 seconds into the third period on an assist from Kyle Connor.
"It's such an unbelievable experience and you want people to have a good time", she said.
Fleury dove like Superman back into the crease to make the second stop in that sequence. We had chance after chance right in front of him. The guy made some incredible saves.
"We put the pressure on them", Wheeler said. You put yourself in a tough position when you get down a couple goals on the road in a tough environment against a good team. We know when we're not good enough.