Saturday, May 19, 2018
Afternoon Playoff Notes (May 19)
Uh-oh, Jets fans! There's trouble brewing in the Western Conference Finals!
Reilly Smith scored with less than seven minutes to go in the 3rd period to snap a 2-2 tie, capitalizing on a turnover at the Vegas blueline, skating back the other way and snapping a high wrister over Connor Hellebuyck and it broke the hearts of the Winnipeg players, as they couldn't quite make that last goal up to tie it. The Golden Knights took Game 4, 3-2, and now have a 3-1 series lead, as the two teams head back to Winnipeg for Game 5 on Sunday.
Smith added an assist to his game-winner for a 3-point night in the pool, great news for the six teams that picked him up in the hockey pool. Marc-Andre Fleury stood tall once again, making 35 saves, including 11 big stops in the 3rd period for the win and they were the only two players to be notable in the pool.
As for game notes, Nikolaj Ehlers returned to the Jets lineup after missing Game 3 and David Perron also returned to the lineup for Vegas after missing a couple of games, both were down with an illness. It's unclear what the Jets will do to combat this Vegas team at home, but they're now behind the 8-ball in a must-win situation.
Game 5 goes Sunday afternoon at 1pm MT.