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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien keeps the away from Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey third round playoff series

Of his 13 assists, nine have been of the primary variety, including the two he picked up on goals by Marchessault in Monday's 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

Golden Knights fans erupt at a watch party at Red Rock Casino after Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored a first period goal during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The improbable run of the Golden Knights in an expansion season - and with 16 Canadian players the most of any playoff roster this year - has been a compelling story in these National Hockey League playoffs. Expect Vegas' two-way presence to tighten up so that Fleury's burden of pressure is alleviated, as the 33-year-old netminder continues to serve as the Conn Smythe favorite.

Game 3 is set for Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. And following the Golden Knights' 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, a road win in a raucous building that drew the series level at one win apiece, Vegas made good on that promise. The puck went off the post and crossed behind Jets' goalie Connor Hellebuyck before sailing past the other post and clear of the net. Sign up now for a free trial. "It shouldn't be anything we're not used to at this point but we know there going to be loud and they're going to be cheering for their team, for sure".

"We knew they weren't going to just fold and let us take two at home".

The series is now even, 1-1, and heads to Vegas for Game 3 on Wednesday night.

"I don't think you would have seen that (Monday) night after the game", he said. "You can worry about them that night and then the next day get back to enjoying your time in the Western Conference final", said forward Andrew Copp. "That's our game. We're a fast team".

The Capitals dominated Game 1, getting a pair of first-period goals from Michael Kempny and Alex Ovechkin to open up a 2-0 lead.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula falls to ice after colliding with Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey third round playoff

But. the Marchessault show was not over just yet.

The 2-0 lead held into the third period, when Kyle Connor scored on the power play for the Jets to cut the lead to one. "We'll get a lot of energy off of that". You gotta be on your toes the entire time because they can make you pay at any moment.

The two-goal game alone surely would have been enough for Marchessault to earn his praise, too, but his performance went above and beyond finding twine twice.

If Winnipeg is to have success in these next two games in Vegas, they'll have to find a way to stop the top line of the Golden Knights. They have been very strong at the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, as they come in ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 1.83 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (31.8 spg) and 5th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances. "That's probably the biggest thing with them", said Copp.

"We've just got to stay with it better, realize that they have some guys on their team that can make plays as well", he said.

"It just shows the resiliency of these good teams".

"I think playing with the lead", Marchessault said. They created scoring chances by forcing turnovers.

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