The Jets are 4-1 in their last five road games.
Kyle Connor answered for the Jets with 12:43 remaining in the third period, the NHL's top rookie goal scorer with 31 connecting just inside the near post to the right of Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, the USA left winger's third playoff goal lifting Winnipeg within 2-1. The Jets have gone 24-23 on the road for the year overall and they have averaged 2.98 gpg and have allowed 2.77 gpg in those games.
The Jets and Golden Knights were tied 1-1 heading into Wednesday's Game 3, while the Caps were up 2-1 on the Lightning.
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"It makes it exciting, playing against a team that plays well in their arena", captain Blake Wheeler said Wednesday morning.
Tomas Nosek of the Vegas Golden Knights is checked by Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets in during Game Two of the Western Conference Finals at Bell MTS Place on May 14, 2018 in Winnipeg.
"They're opportunistic, kind of in the same sense we can be", Trouba said. Both offenses have been very good this year, but I see the play in the crease winning out as we get no more than four goals in this one.
"What these guys do well is they come back really hard and don't give you a whole lot of plays throughout the neutral zone and if you're looking for that all night, you're not going to have much success. We got away from the matchup a little bit last game and I think here tonight it'll probably be the matchup in (full) force, so it'll be a challenge". "It's just a matter of how you react to it".
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The improbable run of the Golden Knights in an expansion season - and with 16 Canadian players the most of any playoff roster this year - has been a compelling story in these National Hockey League playoffs.
"So if we can just weather the storm early on and push from there, we should be fine", said Perreault.
"I really think, that 90 to 95% of the adjustments you make are back to your true form", said Maurice.
Still, the Jets have the personnel to solve Vegas and its forecheck, and they have shown no reason to believe Game 2 is indicative of any sort of pattern. He has yet to score a goal in the playoffs, but has accounted for seven assists in nine games. We know our game, we play our game, we just gotta play our game. "First game here, it's going to be huge", said Marchessault.
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The Jets smothered the Golden Knights' defensemen, and turned the approach into 10 takeaways and a number of scoring chances.
Head coach Gerard Gallant told reporters Perron is a game-time decision for Game 3, while Perron said he feels good.
Grabbing the win in game two was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-3 with a 1.68 GAA and a.945 save percentage in the playoffs this year and 71-54 with a 2.55 GAA a.912 save percentage in the playoffs in his career.
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