Jonathan Marchessault of the Golden Knights celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game in the third period. The Jets banged pucks off the posts and the crossbar, and the cornerstone of the NHL's newest franchise ignored the chants that followed from Winnipeg's boisterous crowd, finishing with 30 saves.
It's of little outcome anyway.
"If you're going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better, I think you need to lead by example, and I tried to do that tonight", Marchessault said.
Must be more of this in Game 2.
We may see a shakeup in the Golden Knights' lineup if morning skate is any indication.
A Connor goal midway through the third period pushed the Jets to within 2-1, but Marchessault scored his second of the game 98 seconds later, as the result of a poor neutral-zone pinch from Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba. They could have scored four goals in three minutes ...
The Jets will just have to find way to be the better team in Vegas.
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But it's hard to imagine one home-ice loss to a very good and fast team is going to divert the Jets from the flight path they've been on all season. They're going to feed off that. "It's just a matter of how you react to it".
Coming off a series full of fits and starts, the Jets could not count on carrying any momentum into Monday night. However, he has not played since Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks on May 2, and has no points in four playoff games. Boy, is Marchessault, who had two handsome goals, a talented player. "Down two goals just made it tough", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. "When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back".
Fleury, who entered the series with a.951 save percentage and four shutouts, gave up four goals on 26 shots for his lowest single-game save percentage so far these playoffs (.846). And so on and so forth. "Play the hockey what I did before". "You move on and get ready for the next one".
The Jets had life with a power play to start the final period.
Marchessault made it 2-0 at the 17:22 mark, taking a pass from Smith at the blue line and then breaking in and beating Hellebuyck through the pads with a backhand.
"There's two things", he said. "Then the second piece of that was what I'd said earlier is that we didn't do anything clean, we didn't do anything quickly".
To make it even worse, between the three of them they did not record a single shot on goal.
If they don't, the Jets may spend much of their offseason looking back at five bad minutes.