Winnipeg Jets' road success to be tested by Vegas Golden Knights

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Golden Knights fan Karlotta Sanchez, middle, cheers at a watch party at Red Rock Casino after Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored a first period goal during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The star forward for the Vegas club, Jonathan Marchessault said it best, "Every time we [need] a big game [out] of our group, we show up, and tonight we definitely showed up". I think [Game 2] was huge for our team to kind of establish ourselves and get ourselves going in the series.

"Obviously when that pre-game skate comes around (Wednesday) everyone will be a little bit more dialled in but, if we're not having fun, then what are we doing?"

Although Laine will get loose and score in the first period, the Golden Knights should still silence Scheifele and Wheeler for the majority of the contest.

"It's upsetting. It wasn't their night", said fan John Capstick, who initially didn't even want to talk about the loss. "And they don't need a lot of room, they won't have to dominate to put two or three by you, they'll just need their own chances". "They were on the puck and didn't make it easy". "The more direct we are, the faster we play, it helps us play fast and get all four lines rolling and get everyone involved", said Jets forward Andrew Copp, whose club is 4-2 on the road during the playoffs. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for the Jets.

Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with a little over two minutes remaining but managed just one shot on goal. The lone goal, Connor's third-period marker, came on the power play, and Winnipeg's attack appeared frustrated at times.

Marchessault answered with his second goal of the game just 88 seconds later, finishing a two-on-one with Smith with a backhand shot past Hellebuyck's stick side.

He was one of the biggest surprises in the National Hockey League this season, but the 27-year-old's production wasn't unexpected after he posted a career-high 60 points during the regular season while playing on the left side of Vegas' top line with William Karlsson and Marchessault.

Las Vegas was strong in all aspects of Game 2 and I expect it to stay that way tonight in an arena where its been dominant all season.

"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah. It's just a matter of how you react to it".

They had to be ready.

No big deal, said Roy. "We like our road game".

"You win one and all of a sudden they get one and we lose one".

Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?

They will play their first home game in the Western Conference Final when they host the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). "We like where it was in the Nashville series".

- Jets are 8-1 in the playoffs when scoring first and 1-4 when they don't.

The Jets are 4-1 in their last five road games.

Smith has also found way to have his CF% per over 50 percent in all but three games and of the Golden Knights forwards that have played at least 10 games, Smith ranks fourth in CF% (54.78) behind Karlsson, Marchessault and Ryan Carpenter. They upped that to three wins away from home versus the Predators, including a series-clinching Game 7 victory. He has yet to score a goal in the playoffs, but has accounted for seven assists in nine games.



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