Monday, May 21, 2018
Stunned Jets credit Golden Knights: ‘It was their time’
The magical playoffs of Winnipeg Jets suddenly ended.
The Golden Knights of Vegas won "Jets 2-1" in Game 5 to win the final quarter of the West in four games on Sunday at Bell MTS Place. The Jets lost the last four games of the series.
"We had a great opportunity and this team, it was their time," said Captain Jets Blake Wheeler.
"They made it very hard for us. We had to work for everything that we had, and even when we broke them, we seem to have never been able to get the momentum that we need to get this information on our terms. "
Alex Tuch and Winnipeg Ryan Reeves scored goals for knights in the fight when they opened the scoring in the fourth game in a row.
Josh Morrissey had the only purpose for the Jets in the loss. The Knights held the Jets for just six goals, combined during the last four games of the series.
"Obviously, I'm upset with myself, because I could not score," said Patrick Lane. "I could not help the team win with their abilities, but there's always next year."
Playing in the power of Jet failed on all four possibilities in Game 5, while the Golden Knights were 0 on 2 at the advantage of the man.
Jets did not even play in any of the competitions after winning the game 1.
"Each game was tense," said Mark Scheufele. "Every game was almost inches away. They capitalized when they needed a chance. It just sucks.
The frames were dead even in game 5 clincher, as both teams recorded 32 shots. Connor Hellbuick made 30 stops for the aircraft.
"I still think that we did everything right," said Helleboyk. "We had our chances, and luck was on their side definitely. I've never seen anything like it. Even their two goals today were two clues. I dont know. It's hard to swallow.
But the Jets simply did not look the same as the team that destroyed the Nashville Predators, and it's pretty clear that the grueling seven-game series went to the team. Although he did not justify himself, head coach Pavel Maurice admitted that they are not so sharp in the final of the conference.
The expansion of Golden Knights is progressing towards the finals of the Stanley Cup in the first year of its existence.
For the fourth straight game, Vegas opened the scoring. Five minutes passed, Morrissey turned the puck in his zone. Ryan Carpenter immediately noticed the Cloud, and he lifted the puck over Hellbuick's shoulder, and the Knights again played a major role.
The Golden Knights regained the lead, just under seven minutes left in the middle frame. Reveves overturned in points for their first goal in the postseason. Luca Sbisa and Tomas Nosek leveled the scoreline and in the 40th minute, 2-1 made it into the home team for Vegas.
None of the teams scored in the final frame, as the Golden Knights won in the third playoff series.
The aircraft produced three composition changes from their loss in game 4. Joel Army returned after game 4, while Dmitry Kulikov and Joe Morro made the first appearances in the series. Andrew Kopp, Toby Enstrom and Ben Kyaroth were scratched.