The expansion Vegas Golden Knights evened the Western Conference final at 1-1 Monday with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Fleury had 30 saves after giving up four goals Saturday on 26 shots.
Former Detroit Red Wing Tomas Tatar opened the scoring when he tucked a shot behind Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck and Jonathan Marchessault followed with a brilliant one-on-one move to push the lead to 2-0, and the Vegas defense did an excellent job of getting in the shooting lanes and preventing scoring opportunities for the home team.
The Jets have outscored their opponents 21-9 in their last five playoff road games, which started with a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the quarterfinals. "So they weren't good enough last game, and they knew that, and they had to respond tonight and they did in a big way". "We've got ourselves a series", he said.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday night in Las Vegas for Game 3, with puck drop set for 9 p.m.
"It's a long series".
Tatar and Marchessault, with his first of two goals in the game, beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck in a four-minute span.More news: Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ
Copp picked scissors. Hellebuyck chose paper. I think we knew that we had to do that.
Game 2: Golden Knights 3, Jets 1, Series tied 1-1. Or Las Vegas making more incredible history?
Naturally, that led to some questions Tuesday about how the Jets planned to face this latest challenge. The Golden Knights have gone 4-1 at home in the postseason and have averaged 3.60 gpg in those games, while here at home for the year they have gone 33-13 and have averaged 3.57 gpg and have allowed 2.39 gpg in those games.
Perreault said there are plenty of distractions this time of year but none are related to which city they happen to be in. You guys have walked around and seen what it's like. Everybody is buying into that.
The Vegas Golden Knights will experience another first in their record-breaking inaugural season Wednesday.
"Anybody's top line around the league, certainly anybody's who's left is going to be a real power".
"Obviously they're a great team", goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. He won't have the benefit of getting last change on the road. They do everything. They play a solid 200-foot game. "They didn't make it easy". When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back. "We had some good chances, they capitalized on theirs". They always seem to find that seam pass.More news: ABC says "Roseanne" will concentrate on family, not politics
The Capitals are not about to let up as they return home, and they will probably hit the Lightning with a big punch in the early going. "We'll get a lot of energy off of that". They're going to create some momentum and put the puck in the net.
Winnipeg has played well in enemy territory so far in the playoffs. During that series, they had 39 hits in Game 1 and 38 in Game 2. The only defeat came in double overtime. I just don't think we were ready for it in Game 1. You're not just good at home, you're good no matter where you go and it doesn't matter where you go.
"I was not impressed with Vegas' play at all". "It's going to be awesome".
Despite the loss, it was the kind of game he enjoys.
"Yeah, that's the playoffs right". "I think we eliminated their options quick, and we didn't spend a lot of time in our (defensive) zone".
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