"Fleury had to make three or four real good saves in the first seven or eight minutes of the game, he made some solid saves", said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant.
He described the expansion Golden Knights as "relentless". Forward James Neal was the only regular to skate with goaltender Maxime Lagace, forward Oscar Lindberg and defensemen Brad Hunt and Jon Merrill, none of whom dressed in Game 2.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler said the team, which was practising in Vegas late Tuesday afternoon, needs to improve its response. In Game 1, Winnipeg leapt to a 3-0 lead, scoring their first goal little more than a minute into the opening frame. The Jets have scored a total of six goals in those games and must now try and get back on track at the T-Mobile Arena where the Golden Knights have been very tough so far. He owns a career record of 35-17 after a loss in the playoffs, including 3-0 this year.
"We know their crowd's going to be excited", Stastny said.
The Jets' Western final opponent, if you've followed these playoffs, is the Cinderella team of destiny.
The Jets did not win the game but given the way they played at even strength they will win more than they lose and Jets fans should take solace in that as the series moves to Vegas. If you're putting pressure on them, everybody's going to make mistakes in games.
Las Vegas was strong in all aspects of Game 2 and I expect it to stay that way tonight in an arena where its been dominant all season.
In both victories, the Predators controlled the neutral zone and did not let the Jets utilize their speed in transition.
Vegas pulled off the 3-1 win Monday at Bells MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "I don't think anybody is panicking".
"I think playing with the lead", Marchessault said. Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who scored twice, said they didn't spend too much time in the defensive zone, got in on the forecheck and put pressure on the Jets defense.
If you are a Jets fan you probably have an issue with the officiating last night- fair enough but a Golden Knights fan might have the same issue from game one. A Vegas television reporter mentioned to centre Mark Scheifele how some players have apparently been "partying it up" during the year and whether the Jets might have an "early bed-time".
Winnipeg generated a paltry two shot attempts in the final 11:08 of the first, and its lone shot on goal in that stretch came on Brandon Tanev's wrister from 70 feet away with five seconds remaining. "We like our road game".
Marchessault's contributions were especially helpful, too, when considering the way in which it allowed Vegas to settle into the game. We were hunting pucks. "We view this as it's a fresh start".
"If we're not having fun, then what are we doing, you know?" I just don't think we were ready for it in Game 1. After clinching that series by winning Games 5 and 6, they have built a four-game winning streak.
"It's a long series. I think we showed the hockey world that we earned the right to be here and worthy to play against a great team". "And you have to bring your "A" game in order to elevate to get to that same level". "Huge for us all night". Managing the puck is the big thing. "But oh well, now that the Jets realize Vegas is a good team and they're someone to contend with, it'll be a hard-fought series", he said.