Behind the Armor: The Golden Knight tells his Knight's tale

17 May, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • MIKE DEAL  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILESWinnipeg Jet Mathieu Perreault says the team is preparing to bounce back tonight after losing to Vegas Monday

"And you have to bring your "A" game in order to elevate to get to that same level". "It's a short series", winger Patrik Laine said after the morning skate at T-Mobile Arena.

"You win one and all of a sudden they get one and we lose one".

The play was pretty even during the two games in Winnipeg. (They are listed as being 44-39 in favour of Vegas at even strength, according to naturalstattrick.com). "The more direct we are, the faster we play, it helps us play fast and get all four lines rolling and get everyone involved", said Jets forward Andrew Copp, whose club is 4-2 on the road during the playoffs. It's a pillar of the best season in their history.

It is what one should expect as the Stanley Cup playoffs go deeper: tightly played games between evenly matched opponents.

Said Prior: "When you have somebody who's as gifted as Marc is, it's trying to keep him playing to his potential all the time". "Like, I'm arguing with myself when I'm answering these questions". When you know what you're going to get out of a guy, it allows you to go out and do your job knowing that you're going to get this from other players. Because they get paid, too. Las Vegas is 14-2 in its last 16 games versus teams with a winning road record. Just a little quicker. "It's just one team has the advantage".

Tatar, acquired from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline but a frequent scratch near the end of the season after scoring just six points and amassing a minus-11 in 20 games, scored his first goal in five playoff games to give Vegas a 1-0 lead at 13:23. They pressured Winnipeg into some turnovers and produced their offence that way.

That mistake is unlikely to be repeated. "But I'm also there giving my two cents when they ask for it", said Schunock. The atmosphere when Game 3 begins at 6 tonight at T-Mobile Arena should afford the Golden Knights the same opportunity.

"If you're going to talk out there in the media (and say) that you need to be better, you have to lead by example", Marchessault said. "It's its own little story, and its own party. I was just happy to be able to buy a home and stay there". And there's three or four cars in front of nearly everybody's house.

"It's overwhelming to have an National Hockey League franchise look to Saskatchewan and say, 'We want you, we want your attention, '" Moore said. Among the four teams remaining, only the Lightning has ever won the Stanley Cup. There's a game every night. The victor advances to the Stanley Cup final against either Washington or Tampa Bay.

MIKAELA MACKENZIE  WINNIPEG FREE PRESSJets coach Paul Maurice talks to the media in Las Vegas Tuesday. The Jets and Golden Knights face off Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals
Golden Knights top Jets 4-2, take 2-1 series lead

"My task is to get everyone up on their feet", said Shunock, the Golden Knights in-game host.

They couldn't seem to finish plays or catch any breaks, fanning on one-timers or running out of space to shoot on the rare occasion they did have a clear lane to Golden Knights' goalie Marc-André Fleury.

Ben Chiarot has probably had more fun in Vegas than he and his Winnipeg Jets teammates will have his time around.

"Forty-thousand people with the "Whiteout" in Winnipeg can't be wrong", he said. "But you get that out of your system during the regular season".

The Capitals had made the playoffs 10 times in the Ovechkin era.

Local lore suggests that several teams were struck by the Vegas flu during the inaugural season, but the Jets stressed they were not about to fall victim to the night life, given what's at stake.

"Whatever graphic identity team they hired, they knocked it right out of the park", Ryder told The Canadian Press.

How many times have we seen that? "We enjoyed the rink".


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