However, when the game opens up a bit, the Jets have had the edge so far.
The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Las Vegas on Wednesday and Friday.
Ultimately, Vegas clapped back with their own quick start to take Game Two in a similar fashion to Winnipeg's Game 1 victory. "Maybe we showed the hockey world we deserve to be here". After winning the first game in the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Saturday, they dropped Game 2 to the Golden Knights 3-1 at Bell MTS Place.
After the Jets failed to control the puck out of a corner in their end, Tatar ended up stuffing the puck in the net after hitting the side of the net with a shot.
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.
"There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "We got a couple of posts on us and we were not right. It's just a matter of getting back on it next game".
Fleury stopped the Jets the rest of the way as he stopped 30 shots for his ninth win of the season and 71 of his National Hockey League playoff career.
"Everybody steps up at some point", Fleury said. They could have easily been up two or three goals but some tough luck and Marc-Andre Fleury combined to keep the score at zeroes.
Winnipeg came out fast with three goals in the first eight minutes in that one against Vegas, which had a five-day break following the defeat of San Jose, prompting Marchessault's strong post-game statement. "We just couldn't get any momentum going". We knew what to expect tonight. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for the Jets.Читайте также: Australia's Margaret river shooting: All fingers point at 'murderer' grandfather
"This locker room is really special", Tatar said. Fleury was peppered with shots and stopped five risky ones in the first three minutes.
The visitors made it 2-0 with 2:38 left in the period when Smith stripped Connor in the neutral zone, leading to a breakaway for Marchessault, who made no mistake through Hellebuyck's pads for his fifth.
Before the fans were even able to sit back down, Marchessault skated to the front of the net, received another flawless pass from Smith, and backhanded the puck past Connor Hellebuyck to seal the game for Vegas.
Jets rookie winger Kyle Connor somehow squeezed a shot between Fleury and the post at 7:17 of the final period, sending a shockwave through the arena that a rally might be coming.
But Marchessault scored his second of the night and sixth of the playoffs just 1:28 later when he took a nice pass from Smith and beat Hellebuyck with a backhand to wrestle away home-ice advantage and send the series to Vegas knotted at one. When asked if Perron will play in Game 3, Gallant said: "I'm sure he will. I don't think you're going to see that tonight".
Of the 41 previous times a team lost the first two games in the conference finals, 39 went on to lose the series - including every team that lost its first two at home.
Jonathan Marchessault, who had 13 points in Vegas' first 11 games of the playoffs, was the star performer Monday, scoring two goals to add to his productive postseason. "What a luxury to be able to put Tomas Tatar into a game in the playoffs", Schmidt said.
The Vegas forward is having himself a great playoffs.
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