Jets vs Golden Knights in a critical Game 3 in NHL Playoffs

Jets vs Golden Knights in a critical Game 3 in NHL Playoffs

Gerard Gallant was sweating on the bench.

Marchessault wasn't one of the more popular Golden Knights during the season. The Jets' furious third period push made overtime feel inevitable.

He has played like a comic-book super hero all season and on Wednesday Marc-Andre Fleury looked like one, too.

Fleury was smiling, as usual.

Marchessault added an empty-net goal with 3 seconds left, becoming the first player in league history to score in the first and last 60 seconds of the same Stanley Cup playoff game, according to the NHL.

The Flower shut the door in Game 3. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 14 goals, Blake Wheeler has 17 assists and Patrik Laine has 48 shots on goal.

A team that had no players at this time previous year is two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup final. No margin for error for Fleury.

The Jets need more than Scheifele going in this series.

Fleury was better. He was simply brilliant.

"A few miscues and they made us pay for it; that can't happen", Scheifele said.

"It's such an fantastic experience and you want people to have a good time", she said.

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers missed Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities.

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"I was a little late on the pass, I was focused on the shooter", Fleury told Boucher. Not only did they come straight out of the gate with a goal just 35 seconds in scored by Jonathan Marchessault, but they had an eccentric opening that screamed typical Las Vegas. It hit my toe and came right back in the middle of the slot, so that was not ideal. "He had a lot of time and some room to shoot so I just tried to get as much body in front of it and I got a piece".

Notes: The Golden Knights hosted the family of Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan, who died in a bus crash in April en route to a playoff game. "Sometimes you've just got to shake your head because we don't really know how he makes those saves".

"For the week after I was proud of it and I was excited", she recalled. "I was just sitting there, he was sitting there". There are a pile of Knights, donated by other teams, who are playing better than most people thought possible.

"That's Fleury", Gallant said.

Fleury's athleticism has been his calling card throughout his career, and it allows him (and sometimes even forces him) to make saves like those two. Around Christmas time, we played them and saw they are the real deal. We know when we're not good enough. A Game 6, if necessary would be May 22 back in Las Vegas and a Game 7 would be May 24 in Winnipeg.

It is the first time Winnipeg has trailed this postseason, and the first consecutive losses for the team in regulation in more than three months.

"We worked all year to get in a position like that", Marchessault said.

Jets coach Paul Maurice said before the game that he wasn't anxious about Ehlers' postseason scoring drought. "You probably get [fewer and fewer] chances as the playoffs go on".

Game 3 was definitely not the Jets' finest, at least not in the first period.

But then something clicked.

There was also those moments where he showed that he basically just wants to have fun on the ice.

"We started playing our game and not playing scared of making a mistake", Wheeler said. "We just felt short".

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