Sunday, May 13, 2018

Morning Playoff Notes (May 13)

Much like the long layoff that the Tampa Bay Lightning had before playing Game 1 against Washington on Friday, the Vegas Golden Knights didn't quite respond quite as flat, but weren't the domineering team that we have seen thus far in the playoffs either. The Winnipeg Jets had a lot of finish going for them last night and it came early on with a Dustin Byfuglien bomb off the rush, followed shortly by a Patrik Laine one-timer on the power play and then a crafty redirection from non-pool forward Joel Armia. Before anyone could catch their breath, the Jets were up 3-0 and didn't really look back.

The Golden Knights were able to nab one goal before the 1st intermission and then the two teams traded goals in the 2nd period, but it was all on lock-down thereafter, as the Jets showed off their good defensive prowess, Connor Hellebuyck only had to make 19 saves and the home side took Game 1, 4-2.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler led all pool players with 3 assists in the game, while Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele were good for a goal and an assist each.  Jonathan Marchessault was good for a pair of assists in the loss.

Vegas forward Tomas Tatar was a healthy scratch again for the Golden Knights, he'll need someone else to get hurt to draw into the lineup now, one has to assume.

Game 2 goes on Monday night in Winnipeg, a 6pm MT start.

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