The Western Conference Finals continue this evening as the scene shifts to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and we will see the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the Vegas Golden Knights in game three of their best-of-seven series. However, Vegas can match up with the Jets in team speed, and it put that on full display in Game 2. He had one of his best games of the playoffs Monday night in Game 2 at Winnipeg as his two goals helped lead Las Vegas to a 3-1 victory to even the series at a game apiece.
Mark Scheifele scored both of Winnipeg's goals and has a playoff-leading 14 goals in 15 postseason games.
Playing mostly on Vegas' second line with James Neal and Erik Haula, Perron was among the many Knights who had a career year, amassing 66 points in 70 games. When we do that, typically the crowd becomes less of a factor and those things start to play into our hands a little more as the game goes on. "Marc-Andre Fleury is tops among players in playoffs merch sales".
Neal restored the host team's lead 12 seconds after Scheifele's goal in the second period. Less than two minutes later, he smothered the puck with a slew of players piled near the crease. The Golden Knights welcomed the family of Humboldt Broncos head coach and GM Darcy Haugan, wife Christina and children Carson and Jackson.
"He's made unbelievable saves", Gallant said. He's a guy that has fun out there.
Specific numbers weren't immediately available Tuesday, but the National Hockey League says the team's overall North American sales have been very strong.
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Grabbing the win in game two was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-3 with a 1.68 GAA and a.945 save percentage in the playoffs this year and 71-54 with a 2.55 GAA a.912 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.
"I thought we were quicker and we were faster and we were more competitive, and when you do that, you limit the other team's time and space", coach Gerard Gallant said.
"We want to set the pace right away, but we know they're going to have a good push in front of their fans". Early January, around the All-Star game, I was a strong believer in our team. It's going to be long, I think.
The Jets had scored a power-play goal in 11 of the 13 playoff games, but was 0 for 2 with a man advantage in this one. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in five of their last nine games.
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In their debut season, the Golden Knights are doing everything they can to create a competitive home environment.