Sports Jets jump on Golden Knights early, open series with 4-2 win

05:40  13 may  2018
05:40  13 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

NHL playoffs 2018: Golden Knights extend remarkable expansion season into conference finals

  NHL playoffs 2018: Golden Knights extend remarkable expansion season into conference finals NHL playoffs 2018: Golden Knights extend remarkable expansion season into conference finalsThe Golden Knights keep making history.

The Vegas Golden Knights are going to have to do something they haven’t done so far in the playoffs: win the opening game of a series on the road. The Jets look primed to make a statement in game 1 and you know Jets fans will have the Bell MTS Place rockin’.

Vegas Golden Knights . Won second-round series 4 - 2 over San Jose. Look for Vegas to put up a fight early in the series , but the Jets will pull away in the end.

Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference final, Saturday, May 12, 2108, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)© The Associated Press Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference final, Saturday, May 12, 2108, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Patrik Laine and Joel Armia had goals 46 seconds apart to put the Jets up 3-0. Mark Scheifele gave Winnipeg a 4-1 lead midway through the second period with his 12th goal this postseason.

Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden Knights

  Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden Knights Breaking down the Winnipeg Jets’ chances against the Vegas Golden KnightsBoth the Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights are in the Conference Final for the first time in team history, with Vegas managing to get there in their inaugural season, perhaps one of the most impressive accomplishments in the history of the sport.

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Click to share on Flipboard ( Opens in new window ). Vegas Golden Knights 3, Sharks 0 ( Golden Knights win series 4 - 2 ). The Golden Knights are one of two teams who’ve punched their ticket to the third round, as the Tampa Bay Lightning bounced the Boston Bruins in Game 5 earlier on Sunday.

Brayden McNabb scored midway through the first and William Karlsson late in the second period to pull Vegas within two, but the expansion team couldn't get closer.

Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots for the Golden Knights.

The Jets will host Game 2 on Monday night before the series shifts to Las Vegas.

Winnipeg, which is making its deepest playoff run in franchise history, appeared to be in rhythm less than 48 hours after advancing past top-seeded Nashville.

Vegas, meanwhile, seemed rusty after resting for nearly a week after eliminating San Jose in the second round.

Or, maybe the Jets are just that good.

Winnipeg's fast, deep and talented team had 114 points this season, trailing only the Predators' league-high total by three points.

3 adjustments Golden Knights need to make vs. Jets in Game 2

  3 adjustments Golden Knights need to make vs. Jets in Game 2 The Winnipeg Jets jumped out to an early lead in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final Saturday night and never looked back. The home team treated their fans to a commanding 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, giving the expansion club their first series deficit of the postseason.However, there are still games to be won. In fact, the Golden Knights could very well have the series knotted up heading home for Game 3 if they make a few adjustments for Monday night.

In the second round, the Golden Knights stuck a toe in shark infested waters against San Jose who looked sharp in their first round series against the If the Jets have any hope of beating the house in Las Vegas, the Jets are going to have to find a way to do the same thing to Fleury early and often.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Maxime Lagace gives up a goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the first period of their NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Three takeaways. 1. Early jump . Gerard Gallant discusses the Golden Knights ' OT win and the upcoming Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks.

The hard-charging, smooth-passing Jets put the Pacific Division champions on their heels right from the start and didn't relent.

White-clad, towel-twirling raucous fans in the arena — and packed on surrounding streets — were fired up before the game started. And, they were given plenty of opportunities to celebrate in the opening minutes.

Byfuglien's slap shot 1:05 into the game off a drop pass from Scheifele put Winnipeg up 1-0. That ignited the party-like atmosphere in a relatively cozy arena with just 16,345 seats and a low ceiling.

Fleury had no shot to stop Laine's one-timer from the left circle off Wheeler's cross-ice pass on a power play at the 6:49 mark of the first. Armia had a goal waved off less than a minute later only to have it restored by a challenge, which overturned the goaltender interference call on the ice.

After the flurry of goals early, the Jets were able to possess the puck for much of the game to cut down on Vegas' comeback chances.

Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets

  Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over Jets Marchessault, Fleury lead Knights over JetsTomas Tatar also scored for the expansion Knights, while Reilly Smith added two assists.

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Share on Facebook ( Opens in new window ). The Golden Knights matched an NHL record for most wins by a team through the first 20 games of its Winnipeg Jets 6, Nashville Predators 2 ( Jets lead series 3- 2 ): If you watch the first period, you’d have thought Nashville was in the driver’s seat.

The Golden Knights pulled Fleury to add an extra skater late in the game, but had to put him back on the ice because there was a faceoff near him. They sent him to the bench again and had some chances to pull within one, but the shot-blocking Jets didn't let the puck get to Hellebuyck much.

NOTES: The last time two teams were in the NHL conference finals for the first time was 2003 when Anaheim swept Minnesota. ... Scheifele has four more goals than any player still in the postseason. ... Fleury has given up at least three goals for the fifth time in six games.

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Golden Knights put distance on Jets .
Golden Knights put distance on JetsThe expansion Golden Knights downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Friday to lead the NHL's Western Conference final three games to one.

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