Scheifele, the Jets' first No. 1 draft pick since relocating in 2011, wasn't pointing fingers, choosing instead to praise the Golden Knights. Before a raucous crowd of 18,477 newly minted hockey fans, the expansion team like no other won a second straight against the Jets to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. With his two goals, Scheifele now owns the National Hockey League record for most goals scored on the road in a single playoffs with 11, surpassing Sidney Crosby and Joe Mullen, each with 10.
And if the Jets drove past Caesars Palace on their way to the game they might have noticed the statue of Caesar was holding a Knights hockey stick. Marchessault scored 35 seconds into the contest for the first period's only goal, while he then put it away with an empty netter as only three seconds remained on the clock for his eighth playoff goal.
The best story in sports got even better Wednesday night on the Las Vegas Strip, where the Golden Knights continued their improbable run toward the Cup final with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets .
Lane expects the fast times at T-Mobile Arena to continue Friday night for the Knights, who are minus 130 favorites over the Jets in Game 4.
There were hundreds of people in Jets jerseys at the game, too.
"We asked the players if they wanted to go out in the community and to a man everybody wanted to visit with the police, fire department, first responders and hospitals".
I'd like to see the Jets try to take more shots that just miss the net, but carom off the boards in front, and get him spinning around.
"I did that?" Fleury said at his locker afterward. You see the signs everywhere, you see vehicle flags everywhere. For about seven minutes in the third period (Wednesday), Winnipeg applied as much pressure as they possibly could have on Vegas and they still could not get the job done. "I'm really proud to be part of this season". James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored in the win for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury had 33 saves on 35 shots to register the win.
That the Knights were competitive in their first season wasn't a total surprise. "They said nobody is going to show up to the games because it's a transient town with no attention span", said Elvis impersonator and diehard Golden Knights fan Jeff Stanulis.
The team took time to honour heroes during Wednesday's win as well as to pay tribute to the fallen. Golden Knights left winger David Perron (illness) has not played since Game 1 and is questionable to play tonight.
The Jets' resilience throughout the year will serve them well here, and I find no reason to back off my series prediction of a Jets win.