The Vegas Golden Knights got off to a fast game in their first ever home Western Conference Final game. Jon Marchessault scored just 35 seconds into the game to give the Golden Knights an early 1-0 start. Vegas only allowed Winnipeg to get three shots in the first period.
Mark Scheifele tied up the game at 5:28 mark of the second mark which looked to be a sign of light for the Winnipeg Jets. However, it was just 12 seconds later that James Neal, who missed part of the first period after blocking a shot, ended up scoring the go-ahead goal. The goal came after Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck mishandled the puck behind his own net. Alex Tuch added another goal to give the Golden Knights a three-one lead heading into the third.
Early in the third Mark Scheifele scored to cut the Jets deficit to one. With the goal, Scheifele broke the record for most goals on the road with 11 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This broke Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby who held the previous record of 10.
Eight minutes into the third Winnipeg threatened to tie the game as Tyler Myers had a breakaway. He is stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury. He also made another unbelievable save at the 10-minute mark to secure the Golden Knights lead. He made 15 saves in the third and 33 in the game. The Jets were pressing for the tie, but could not beat Fleury. Marchessault added an empty net goal with three seconds left.
Both teams had injuries coming into the game. The Jets were missing Nikolaj Ehlers and Vegas was missing David Perron. Vegas controlled the first period and most of the second after responding to the Jets goal in the second. Winnipeg dominated the third-period badly out-shooting the Golden Knights.
Game 4 is Friday night at 8:00 pm EDT at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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