Jonathan Marchessault makes Golden Knights glad Panthers gave him up

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Obviously you feel like you didn't (get enough chances) because you only score one goal and it was a power play goal.

Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights. Marchessault made a nice move to beat Connor Hellebuyck and the Golden Knights were on their way.

Fleury took the barbs and a 4-2 loss with good humour but replaced the smiles with his game face on Monday as he delivered a stellar 30-save performance to backstop the Golden Knights to a 3-1 victory to send series back to Las Vegas level at 1-1.

"I said to myself before the game I wanted to work hard on the forecheck, get as many pucks as I can on the forecheck from the guys and we scored from it, so it's all good", said Tatar, who had not played since May 2 against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the second round.

"We definitely showed up", said the 27-year-old, who was plucked from the Florida Panthers in the expansion draft last June.

The Jets finished with the second-best record in the NHL this season behind Nashville with 114 points, while the surprising Knights - a group of castoffs from the league's other 30 teams - were fifth overall with 109. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

"That's been the story of our team all year", Neal told reporters.

"If you're going to go out there and talk to the media, and say the team has to be better, then you need to lead by example", Marchessault said. "I tried to do that". If that trend holds, he'll be a great play in Game 3 in Vegas on Wednesday.

"I don't think anybody is panicking", Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said.

It wasn't a ideal game, or really anything close for the Golden Knights, but it was a road playoff game in a hostile environment. "We like where it was in the Nashville series".

The Knights have yet to trail by two games in any series this postseason, so we might learn a lot about their resiliency in this Game 2.

We're used to the whiteout crowd in Winnipeg being loud, rowdy, and nonstop, but for a 30-minute stretch, they looked perplexed as they sat on their hands almost silent.

The only thing better than silencing a crowd on the road might be silencing a crowd on the road while they're in the process of mocking your team. Fleury was peppered with shots and stopped five risky ones in the first three minutes. 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. "It makes it tough to come back. So, two goals right there".

"We were on them", Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said.

"That's what I think the mojo of this team is".

Maybe all the intensity and emotion of this 48-hour period caught up to the Winnipeg Jets and there was a letdown.

"We were chasing the game again", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.

He scored his first goal of the playoffs late in the first period when he was able to finish off a wonderful individual effort around the net to finally jam the puck in behind Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

Winnipeg kept up the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third.

The third period saw the Jets cut the lead in half as Connor's weak shot from a bad angle somehow eluded Fleury and gave the Jets and their fans plenty of hope.

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