It just wasn't their Knight.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday night in Las Vegas for Game 3, with puck drop set for 9 p.m.
The Knights absorbed a couple of early blows from Winnipeg but made the necessary adjustments in Game 2 and emerged with a 3-1 victory to steal away home-ice advantage in the seven-game series. "When you are able to play with the lead, I think that makes a huge difference".
"It's upsetting. It wasn't their night", said fan John Capstick, who initially didn't even want to talk about the loss. "They're going to feed off that, but we've played in hostile environments".
With the Golden Knights in a comfortable lead (well, maybe not that comfortable), they were content with just keeping the high-flying, offensive machine known as the Winnipeg Jets off the scoreboard. and they did just that.
"They've got really good sticks, so when they're coming on the backcheck they knock a lot of pucks down".
"We're here to win a hockey game", he said. He has yet to score a goal in the playoffs, but has accounted for seven assists in nine games.
The dream scenario in the finals would be Washington vs. Las Vegas, but then which side would I root for? 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.
Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal.
Smith has found the back of the net just once during the playoffs, but he's accumulated 14 points in 12 games and he's collected at least one point in 10 of those contests. "I didn't have to say anything".
"They weren't good enough last game and they knew that", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters.
"That third goal, it was a bad play by [Josh] Morrissey, yeah. We just gotta stay with it better".
"We know their crowd's going to be excited", Stastny said. Morrissey's attempt missed and that left Marchessault alone in front of Hellebuyck.
"As opposed to Game 1, where I thought they had a lot of seam passes, one-timers and a lot of shots from the slot, I thought we limited those and kept a lot more of those on the outside", forward Ryan Reaves said.
A hiccup in Game 1 appears to have been just that, based on how well they played in Winnipeg the next time out.
Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?
That follows a crowd of 15,000 at Saturday's party, when the organizers were expecting the biggest yet.
The Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele drives behind Vegas Golden Knights' goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with Nate Schmidt trailing behind during Game 2 of the western conference final on Monday. And that's exactly how the Golden Knights need to play, exactly what they need to do, in order to continue to find success against the Jets.
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.
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for the Golden Knights, an expansion franchise spackled together with a few stars and a bunch of castoffs from other teams. They went 1-1 in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, then an impressive 3-1 in the second-round victory over the Nashville Predators.