Winnipeg Jets fans are salivating over the chance to take home the Stanley Cup for the first time ever. "Against the best team in the league", he told The Winnipeg Sun. We're not saying that Vegas' scoring is one-dimensional, they just aren't quite as lethal as the Jets on offense. "It's gonna be a real tough matchup".
Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor scored his first two career playoff goals and added an assist in Game 5 against Nashville to become the first rookie in franchise history to post a three-point game in the playoffs. The four remaining teams, including the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final, are so close that it's nothing more than a guess as to who will win.
The series is expected to highlight speed and not be as physical as Winnipeg's clash with the Predators.
Following a regular season where they converted 23.4 percent of all power-play opportunities (the fifth-strongest), the Jets have been able to score on 22.6 percent of their power plays in the postseason.
Michael "Doc" Emrick is a bit surprised about the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but not about goalie Marc Andre Fleury's role in leading the team deep into the National Hockey League playoffs. This stunning fairy tale seems to have no end in sight as "Sin City' continues to accomplish the impossible, beating talented well established teams with their fast paced style of play, smothering defence and tremendous anticipation, not to mention a high level of skill".
"Specifically, outstanding transition and speed", Jets coach Paul Maurice said of the Golden Knights. "It's the final game for one team".
Games starting at 9:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. CT) punished fans and couldn't have been easy on players either. We're going to spend the next few days trying to get ready for that first period in the next game.
Yet he was front and centre as the Jets faced the media Friday afternoon. "We knew if we came out and had a good start and take the crowd out of it, then we could make a game of it". In the Knights' win in the first game of the series against the San Jose Sharks, Fleury joined the crowd in doing the wave in the late minutes of the game.
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Boston's top line of Brad Marchand (one goal, three assists) David Pastrnak (four assists) and Patrice Bergeron (two goals, one assist) combined for 11 points, a huge contrast from Tampa Bay's top line of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller, which went scoreless in Game 1.
Winnipeg impressively knocked out Nashville on the road in Game 7 and now has a quick turnaround to host this game. "It's not about personal accomplishments in the playoffs".
"It's (been) a long journey", he said in the locker room Thursday night after the Jets routed the Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
"It's only round 2".
Coach Gerard Gallant said they deserve to be there. They've gotten to the third round playing only 10 games, and everything looks good for them so far. At this point I'd say that I don't think Vegas will beat either the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators in the Conference Finals, but they have already proven me wrong over and over. They now have a glorious opportunity to become the first team in National Hockey League history to win three playoff series in their inaugural season, they are already only the third first year team to win two rounds.
Winnipeg regained home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series due to their overall second-place finish with 114 points.
However, let's get one thing straight.