Golden Knights vs. Jets: Johnathan Marchessault silences
Winnipeg in Game 2 win 

After getting off to a rocky start to the Western Conference
Final, Johnathan Marchessault redeemed himself with a stellar Game 2 performance. 

Marchessault was the best player on the ice Monday night, he
scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a Game 1 loss to
take a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.   

Noting that there was lack of aggression in the opener, The
Golden Knights forward turned in on quickly, following up Thomas Tartar’s
ice-breaking goal with one of his own, capitalizing a Jets turnover to make it
2-0 in the first period. There’s more, though, as Marchessault quieted a Winnipeg
crowd that looked alive after Kyle Connor’s third period goal with his second of
the night just over a minute and a half later. 

Marchessault had his footprints all over Game 2; ending up
with 8 shots on goal, combining with William Karlsson and Reily Smith for five
points in the win. He has just been on fire these playoffs – scoring 6 goals
and having over 9 assists. 

“Definitely satisfied with our effort tonight,” Marchessault
said at the post-game press conference, “every time we need a big game by our group,
we show up.”

Vegas has yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason,
showing the league that they are a resilient team. 

These Golden Knights are having a season to remember, winning
twice as many games as critics projected (51-24), reminding everyone that they belong
in the NHL, and that their not just any other expansion team. Vegas keeps
shattering expectations and looks to continue their historic playoff run, now
that momentum is level with the series tied 1-1.

Photo by Michael Miller [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons


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