Golden Knights underdogs at Winnipeg for Game 1 of Western Conference Final

12 May, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Jets, Golden Knights ride hot goalies into Western finals

Stastny and Scheifele would each light the lamp in the final frame to secure the win and a berth in the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history. She grew up as a big Jets fan in Winnipeg. But here we are, with the two most intriguing and exciting teams in the National Hockey League playing for a chance to be in the Stanley Cup final.

"There are some die-hards that if they came from Winnipeg, you're not converting them at this point", Brooks said.

"The coffee tasted great this morning [but] we're still in the mix, still playing", he said. Marc-Andre Fleury has dominated games, putting up four shutouts along with a.951 save percentage. "A really good team showed us what happens when you do that".

"I don't recollect any sporting event. bringing the fans into the downtown area and into the excitement that there is today", said Joe Daley, the 1978 squad's goalie. "Not just losing in overtime, but I didn't like the game that we played the first 40 minutes". If they do indeed steal Game 1, they'll basically be playing for the series in Game 2 knowing they could return home up 2-0 with three home games in the bag. A franchise that had never, ever won a single game in the second round of the playoffs has a dazzling array of offensive weapons, led by Conn Smythe frontrunner Mark Scheifele, who nearly singlehandedly buried the Nashville Predators in the second round.

The Second Round saw them play the only team that finished above them, the Presidents Trophy winning Nashville Predators. They have been very strong at the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, as they come in ranked 1st in goals allowed, giving up 1.70 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots allowed (34.4 spg) and 2nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.0% of their chances.

On Friday afternoon, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was asked if he could provide some insight on the speculation but he calmly deflected the query.

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"Our best games in this series were after tough losses". All the tickets for Saturday were snapped up. However, they don't seem too terribly concerned about the lack of home-ice advantage in the series. The point of being underdogs had long since past; they were and still are bonafide Stanley Cup Contenders, but still there were doubts.

Wheeler isn't buying that label.

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. While the Golden Knights have been a great story, there has been plenty of grumbling from the stepsisters left behind by Cinderella.

"Obviously, it's going to be a key matchup for us". The Knights are the faster team in this series, and have an extremely deep lineup up front.

But for Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice, something else lingers ahead of two opponents preparing to decide which will move on and which will head home. "I think priority one is handling speed, not necessarily the physicality". Winnipeg's top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored a combined 208 points in the regular season.

The Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings and dispatched the San Jose Sharks in six games to book their ticket to the third round, where they will hope the spectacular play of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will help quiet the speedy Jets. They were given away free of charge to those selected but were immediately fetching as much as $100 apiece on secondary ticket sites.



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