Vegas Golden Knights take control in NHL Western Conference finals playoff series vs. Winnipeg Jets
LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault vowed after the Golden Knights’ morning skate to come out swinging in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, looking to avoid a back-and-forth affair with the Winnipeg Jets.
He didn’t disappoint.
For the second straight game, Marchessault scored two goals — including one just 35 seconds into the game — to lead Vegas to a 4-2 victory Wednesday, helping the Golden Knights to a 2-1 series lead.
Vegas, an expansion team two wins from advancing to the Stanley Cup final, improved to 5-1 at home in the playoffs and host Game 4 on Friday night.
“We worked all year to get in a position like that,” Marchessault said. “We definitely can’t take it for granted. They got to come out like their season’s on the line, so we’ve got to be ready to push back and get some energy off the crowd.”
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.
James Neal and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots.
Mark Scheifele scored both of Winnipeg’s goals and has a playoff-leading 14 goals in 15 postseason games.