The Vegas Golden Knights scored twice in a 2:33 span, giving them a two-goal lead that the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t overhaul. The score finished 4-2 in favour of Vegas, and the Jets now trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Jonathan Marchessault, the Golden Knights speedy centre, opened the scoring just 35 seconds in with his third of the series on a partial break that developed in the neutral zone. Marchessault blazed past a diving Jacob Trouba, and then slipped it past Connor Hellebuyck with a quick move to the backhand.
The Jets responded in the second period as Wheeler getting the puck in the corner to the left of Mark Scheifele who scored his 13th goal of the playoffs. The lead however, did not last for long as just 12 seconds later, Hellebuyck got caught behind the net, and Erik Haula took the puck from the Jets goaltender, and quickly played it in front to James Neal, who put it in the empty cage 12 seconds after Scheifele’s goal.
The Jets hounded the Golden Knights in the final period. In the end, the Jets came up short. They will try for some recovery on Friday when the teams faceoff in the Game 4. Puck drop is set for Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.