Jets third period rally comes up short in Game Three

<p ><p ><b >LAS VEGAS, Nevada -</b > In Game Two, the Winnipeg Jets had a 3:59 span where they didn't like their game against the Vegas Golden Knights.</p ><p >On Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena, the Jets cut that to 2:33, but the result was the same, as the Golden Knights scored twice in that span, giving them a two-goal lead the Jets couldn't recover from.</p ><p >The score finished 4-2 in favour of Vegas, and the Jets now trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final - the first time they've trailed in a series in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.</p ><p >"That's an important challenge," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "You're going to have to be able to handle that. It would be rare that you lead the series the whole way through. We want to make sure we deal with our loss, don't carry it too heavily, then come out with our finest game of the postseason."</p ></p ><p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-60388203&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice</code ></span ></p ><p >Trailing 3-1 entering the third, <span >Mark Scheifele</span > scored his second of the night (which set a new NHL record for road goals in the playoffs with 11), but the Jets couldn't find the equalizer, despite firing 16 shots at Marc-Andre Fleury in the final period.</p ><p >But did they ever have their chances.</p ><p ><span >Tyler Myers</span > was stopped by Fleury on a partial breakaway, and Scheifele - who finished with five shots on goal - was stopped twice by Fleury in quick succession. The first, off a one-timer pass from <span >Blake Wheeler</span >, the second came seconds after, when Fleury dove across the crease and got a piece of the rebound.</p ><p >"They have a pretty good goalie. He made some nice stops tonight," said Wheeler. "We can't play that third period any differently and ask for anymore. We have 'A' chance after 'A' chance right in front of him, and you have to tip your cap sometimes. The guy made some incredible saves.</p ><p >"We were right there. It just wasn't meant to be tonight."</p ><p >Jonathan Marchessault would open the scoring just 35 seconds in with his third of the series on a partial break that developed in the neutral zone. Marchessault held off a diving <span >Jacob Trouba</span >, then beat <span >Connor Hellebuyck</span > with a quick move to the backhand.</p ><p >The Jets would pull even in the second, when a face-off win in the neutral zone and a puck retrieval off the dump in led to Wheeler getting the puck in the corner to the left of Fleury. His play to the front of the net was tipped in by Scheifele for his 13th of the playoffs.</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-60385703&quot; >Video: WPG@VGK, Gm3: Scheifele nets record 11th road goal</code ></span ></p ><p >But just like in Game Two, the Golden Knights would answer back quickly. Hellebuyck got caught behind the net, and Erik Haula took the puck from the Jets goaltender, and quickly played it in front to James Neal, who put it in the empty cage 12 seconds after Scheifele's goal.</p ><p >"We would like to have a better ownership of the puck on those," said Maurice. "I felt prior to it getting to 1-1, we were starting to move the way we wanted to. That was a big one. We clearly need to not have the game get back to that. The bench felt right. We were starting to move right.</p ><p >"Momentum is up for grabs every single time the puck drops. We had it, and they certainly seized it."</p ><p >Less than three minutes later, Neal would factor in on the next Vegas goal as well. When his initial shot off the rush was stopped by Hellebuyck, the Golden Knights forward got the rebound, circled the net and found Alex Tuch in front. His quick shot beat Hellebuyck, and it was 3-1 Vegas.</p ><p >"You never want to give up one right after you score a goal," said Myers. "That's the way things go sometimes. I think the whole year, and even in this whole playoffs, no matter what's happened with our group, we find a way to keep pushing. I thought we did a pretty good job of that tonight. We want to start moving our legs a little bit earlier in the game."</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-60388103&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | Mark Scheifele</code ></span ></p ><p >Scheifele's line came out flying in the third, and when Wheeler's shot from the high slot missed the net, <span >Kyle Connor</span > swept up the loose puck behind the net, and sent a quick cross crease pass to Scheifele on the back door side for his second of the night.</p ><p >Eighteen seconds into the final frame, the Jets had cut the Vegas lead to one.</p ><p >The Jets hounded the Golden Knights in the final period, outshooting Vegas 16-8, and holding a decisive advantage in shot attempts at 26-15. The high-danger scoring chances also favoured the visitors, 8-0.</p ><p >"We had some looks. No doubt about that," said Maurice. "He made some really good saves. We had lots of time on the clock. We scored early and there are a bunch of places we'd like to see one go for us.</p ><p >"The whole team gets paid, the goalie too. He made some good saves."</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://www.nhl.com/video/c-60387903&quot; >Video: POSTGAME | Connor Hellebuyck</code ></span ></p ><p >But that's as close as the Jets would get, as Marchessault would add his second of the night into the empty net with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to seal the 4-2 win.</p ><p >Next up is Game Four on Friday at T-Mobile Arena.</p ><p >"We had a few miscues and they made us pay for it. That can't happen," said Scheifele.</p ><p >"It's playoffs, we're in the Conference Final. They're a good team too. We can't sulk on this one for too long. We have to pick ourselves up for tomorrow and have a big game on Friday."</p ><p ><b >ICE CHIPS</b ></p ><p ><span >Nikolaj Ehlers</span > didn't play in Game Three against the Golden Knights. Maurice said he knew in the morning that Ehlers may not be available, but wouldn't expand any further on the forward's ailment.</p ></p >

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - In Game Two, the Winnipeg Jets had a 3:59 span where they didn't like their game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

On Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena, the Jets cut that to 2:33, but the result was the same, as the Golden Knights scored twice in that span, giving them a two-goal lead the Jets couldn't recover from.

The score finished 4-2 in favour of Vegas, and the Jets now trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final - the first time they've trailed in a series in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"That's an important challenge," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "You're going to have to be able to handle that. It would be rare that you lead the series the whole way through. We want to make sure we deal with our loss, don't carry it too heavily, then come...

In Game Two, the Winnipeg Jets had a 3:59 span where they didn't like their game against the Vegas Golden Knights.On Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena, the Jets cut that to 2:33, but the result was the same, as the Golden Knights scored twice in that span, giving them a two-goal lead the Jets couldn...

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