Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Vegas Grounds the Jets

Vegas Grounds the Jets

"There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "That's what they were".

The Seattle Mariners say they will have a better idea on the projected length of Robinson Cano's recovery time after the second baseman is examined by a hand specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The champion of the Western Conference will play against the victor of the Eastern Conference matchup between Washington and Tampa Bay.

"At the start, I was feeling a little shaky", Tatar told NHL Network after the win.

"That's what I think the mojo of this team is". "Maybe we showed the hockey world we deserve to be here". "Just try to shoot as many pucks as we can".

The scrappy 5-foot-9 forward may be the smallest guy on the ice most of the time, but the competitive fire that burns inside him extinguishes any physical disadvantage. It felt like the Jets were ready to feed off the energy the crowd was giving them ... until it was suddenly ripped away.

As most Golden Knights flourished when given a bigger opportunity for the expansion team, Tatar was the exception - until Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He often had to battle for positioning in the crease during a 30-save performance that included some help from his posts - something Flower acknowledged by gently patting the iron after Andrew Copp had him beat in the second period.

Winnipeg broke Fleury's shutout bid at 7:17 of the final period on the Jets' second power play of the period when Connor's shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle somehow leaked through Fleury for his third.

Roseau's Dustin Byfuglien, a dominant presence in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, was held without a point and was a minus-2.

"We didn't do anything clean, we didn't do anything quickly", Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. General manager George McPhee did a masterful job in the expansion draft process utilizing trades and deals to acquire as many future assets as he could, which probably made it easier to part with so many of them. Tatar's initial attempt went wide, but he collected the rebound off the end wall and slammed it short side before Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck could get back in position.

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, which lost for the third time in its past four home playoff games. They withstood the initial push, got their lead, and did what they had to do to keep the game, and the crowd, under control for as long as they could. "We liked it", Trouba said.

The Nashville Predators knew they had to tweak their identity and figured out, perhaps too late, they couldn't go play fire-wagon hockey with the Jets. It doesn't matter what line it is.

The Golden Knights talked at length for two days about the need for a fast start.

Marchessault leads Vegas this postseason in goals (6) and points (15).

Reilly Smith - The Golden Knights winger earned two assists in a 3-1 Game Two victory at Winnipeg. But we've played in hostile environments.

Teammate Patrik Laine led the Jets with 45 goals during the regular season, but it has been Scheifele pacing the team in the post-season, and is making a strong case for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP - if Winnipeg is able to win the Cup.

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