Vegas Golden Knights are Golden in Game 3 Win Over Winnipeg Jets

Game 3
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 16: Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights scores a first-period goal against Connor Hellebuyck #37 and Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on May 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights have defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. The Golden Knights now take lead a two-games-to-one lead in the series.

Vegas Gets Off to a Fast Start

The Vegas Golden Knights got off to a fast game in their first ever home Western Conference Final game. Jon Marchessault scored just 35 seconds into the game to give the Golden Knights an early 1-0 start. Vegas only allowed Winnipeg to get three shots in the first period.

Winnipeg Ties it Up but not For Long

Mark Scheifele tied up the game at 5:28 mark of the second mark which looked to be a sign of light for the Winnipeg Jets. However, it was just 12 seconds later that James Neal, who missed part of the first period after blocking a shot, ended up scoring the go-ahead goal. The goal came after Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck mishandled the puck behind his own net. Alex Tuch added another goal to give the Golden Knights a three-one lead heading into the third.

Winnipeg Keeps It Close

Early in the third Mark Scheifele scored to cut the Jets deficit to one. With the goal, Scheifele broke the record for most goals on the road with 11 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This broke Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby who held the previous record of 10.

Fleury Comes Up Big in The Third

Eight minutes into the third Winnipeg threatened to tie the game as Tyler Myers had a breakaway. He is stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury. He also made another unbelievable save at the 10-minute mark to secure the Golden Knights lead. He made 15 saves in the third and 33 in the game. The Jets were pressing for the tie, but could not beat Fleury. Marchessault added an empty net goal with three seconds left.

Game Recap

Both teams had injuries coming into the game. The Jets were missing Nikolaj Ehlers and Vegas was missing David Perron. Vegas controlled the first period and most of the second after responding to the Jets goal in the second. Winnipeg dominated the third-period badly out-shooting the Golden Knights.

Game 4 is Friday night at 8:00 pm EDT at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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