The victor of the series advances to the Stanley Cup to face the victor of the Eastern Conference final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
But none of them could hold a candle in the desert wind to Marc-Andre Fleury's show-stopping performance in goal for the Golden Knights.
So it takes near flawless hockey to beat a team as good as the Golden Knights, with a level of play as high as we are seeing in this Round 3 series. "So we [have to] put that one behind us". "We definitely can't take it for granted". Marchessault added an empty net goal with three seconds left. With his two goals, Scheifele now owns the National Hockey League record for most goals scored on the road in a single playoffs with 11, surpassing Sidney Crosby and Joe Mullen, each with 10. The entire third period, for instance, as they did everything but tie the game at threes.
"They are relentless", said Mathieu Perreault, the Jets centre. "We can't sulk on this too long".
"Nope. There's no such thing as flawless or close to ideal", the Jets captain said, rifling the question right back at the questioner.
He got his toe on a Byfuglien chance with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. The Caps led that series 2-1.
"We want to make sure we deal with our loss, don't carry it too heavily and then come up with our finest game of the post-season".
The Vegas Golden Knights got off to a fast game in their first ever home Western Conference Final game.Jon Marchessault scored just 35 seconds into the game to give the Golden Knights an early 1-0 start.
Tuch notched his fifth goal of the playoffs to push the lead to 3-1 after Neal fed him with a nifty pass from behind the net.
The Jets came out for the first period like deer in the headlights, the first shift an unmitigated disaster.
Nikolaj Ehlers - The Jets winger, who has yet to score a goal in the playoffs, wa out for Game Three, due to an undisclosed injury.
Eight minutes into the third Winnipeg threatened to tie the game as Tyler Myers had a breakaway. Less than two minutes later, he smothered the puck with a slew of players piled near the crease. Both were emphatically denied by Fleury, who may have made the save of the playoffs on Scheifele's second attempt of the sequence. "We had it, and they certainly seized it". That's Fleury. He's been great all playoffs, he's been great all year for us. I don't even think he was looking.
Fleury was David Copperfield on ice, and nobody was more stymied by his rabbit-in-the-hat act than Scheifele, who likely lay awake at night thinking about the ones that got away in that third period, especially.
When asked about the stunt after the game, Fleury said he wasn't thinking and just felt like "having a smile" while everyone else traded shoves.
Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck with 1:03 left, but Marchessault's empty-netter with 3 seconds left sealed the win.
"We all came here with the right mindset", Neal told reporters after the win. Early January, around the All-Star game, I was a strong believer in our team. I'm going to obviously clean that up. The Jets center has 14 goals and six assists so far in these playoffs. So we clearly need to have the game not get back to that. The last time it dropped consecutive games was a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) from March 10-13. The Golden Knights welcomed the family of Humboldt Broncos head coach and GM Darcy Haugan, wife Christina and children Carson and Jackson.
It took an expansion team on an unprecedented jaunt through the Stanley Cup playoffs to finally cool down the Jets.