On day 31 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we saw another all-star performance from Marc-Andre Fleury as he helped his team fight back after losing Game 1 on Saturday night.
A quick summary of the game would be a physical and chippy game, with four goals being scored.
And now with that being said, here’s a lengthy and more in-depth analysis of the game.
Las Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 Winnipeg Jets
Series tied 1-1
— NHL (@NHL) May 15, 2018
After the Winnipeg Jets found a way to score four goals on 26 shots against Marc-Andre Fleury to win Game One, Vegas’ MVP calibre goaltender was looking to have a bounce-back game.
And he did just that by stopping all but one of Winnipeg’s 31 shots as he continued to be the backbone of his team.
Vegas opened the scoring a little over halfway through the first period when Tomas Tatar jammed home his first of the playoffs after being stopped by Connor Hellebuyck on his original attempt.
Just before the end of the opening frame the Golden Knights struck again. Reilly Smith chipped the puck into the Jets zone, setting up Jonathan Marchessault on a breakaway who slipped the back-handed shot through the five-hole of Hellebuyck for the 2-0 lead.
There was no scoring in the second period, but things started getting more physical. After two periods of play, there were a total of 22 hits with 14 of those coming from the Jets as they started to try and fight their way back into the game.
Things got especially chippy between Mark Scheifele and Brayden McNabb in front of the Golden Knights’ net, with both players taking shots back and forth while also slashing each other down to the ice.
The Jets would cut the lead in half just under eight minutes into the final period. With Winnipeg on the powerplay, Nikolaj Ehlers set up Kyle Connor to the right of Fleury who took a sharp angled shot, sneaking the puck between the goaltenders’ elbow and the post.
However, it only took the Golden Knights a minute and a half to regain that lead. With Jacob Trouba getting caught on a pinch. Smith broke out with Marchessault again. Smith then made the pass into the slot to set up Marchessault who buried another back-handed shot for his second of the night and a 3-1 lead.
— NHL (@NHL) May 15, 2018
The third goal for Vegas took what life was left in the Jets out of them. The Golden Knights were able to hold onto the 3-1 lead behind their Conn Smythe worthy goaltender and their first line of Marchessault, Karlsson and Smith, which produced five points on the night.
Vegas takes the series back home tied at one. Game 3 is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. MT from T-Mobile Arena.