Thursday, May 17, 2018
Morning Playoff Notes (May 17)
The Western Conference Finals shifted to Vegas on Wednesday night and both the Jets and the Golden Knights had some lineup news ahead of Game 3. The Jets were without Nikolaj Ehlers, their Box 4 forward, as he was sitting out with an undisclosed injury, missing the morning skate ahead of the game as well. David Perron's healthy scratch in Game 2 was actually an undisclosed injury of his own and it kept him out of Game 3, but no real update to speak of.
The Golden Knights made good use of their momentum from Game 2 in Winnipeg to score 35 seconds into Game 3, thanks to Jonathan Marchessault and it got the Jets on their heels right away. The Jets were not able to respond on the scoresheet until the 2nd period, but the Knights were again, quick to respond, 12 seconds later, on a James Neal goal. Vegas added another goal before the period was out, leading 3-1 after two, but Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game, 18 seconds into the period, but the Golden Knights were able to hang on, adding a Marchessault empty-netter to seal it, 4-2.
Alex Tuch stole the game-winning bonus point from the pool, but Marc-Andre Fleury added an assist to his 33-save win for a 3-point night and Neal also added an assist for a 2-point night. Blake Wheeler added a pair of assists in the loss, gaining notable status.