Marchessault leads Knights to even series

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"I tried to do that". Las Vegas is 14-2 in its last 16 games versus teams with a winning road record. Tomas Tatar who had been a healthy scratch the past three playoff games stepped up replacing an ill David Perron to score the game's first goal a 13:23. He got it back behind the net and wrapped around the goal on Connor Hellebuyck's glove side.

"That's the reason why we love him", said Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt of Marchessault's performance. That never happens. They've got a great team and they've had a great year, so no one is going to bow down or win easily.

At the 17:22 mark the Golden Knights were ahead 2-0, but they knew the Jets wouldn't abort their mission. Forward Jonathan Marchessault came up with two huge goals, including the dagger in the third period. He had eight shots, 11 shot attempts, produced six scoring chances, forced a couple of takeaways and even chipped in on the dot, winning three of five faceoffs when he was called upon. "I didn't have to say anything". Faced with an early challenge from Jacob Trouba, tussling with the Jets defender to the extent both were sent off for roughing.

He described the expansion Golden Knights as "relentless".

But just 88 seconds later, the Golden Knights silenced the Canadian crowd as Marchessault netted another, taking a centering pass from William Karlsson and backhanding the puck into the net. All three of those guys play well together and "Marchy" finishes it off when he needs to. "We just have to keep building off (Monday) night".

"We just played our game".

So it should come as no surprise that as the team landed on the Las Vegas strip late Tuesday afternoon, they'd already washed their hands of Monday night's 3-1 defeat on home ice that has turned this best-of-seven series into a best-of-five - with the Vegas Golden Knights now holding home-ice advantage.

"I thought we were quicker and we were faster and we were more competitive, and when you do that, you limit the other team's time and space", coach Gerard Gallant said. "We just need to look at ourselves in the mirror at the end of the game and if we can do that we'll be fine". "For our team we just have to win that battle", said Scheifele.

The party crowd hit 21,000 during Game 6 of the Round 2 series against Nashville after growing every home game.

And as the contest wore on, it was evident the Golden Knights were drawing some inspiration from the Jets' past opponents. Vegas, behind two goals by William Karlsson, defeated the Jets 5-2 on November 10 in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams at T-Mobile Arena. Truth be told, the final 40 minutes from Vegas looked as though it was pulled right from the Nashville playbook. "They're jumping through holes and you give them a little bit of room and they're by you". I think that feeds into our game, too. "The fans are going to be all over the place and we're waiting for this moment for a long time". Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who scored twice, said they didn't spend too much time in the defensive zone, got in on the forecheck and put pressure on the Jets defense. But considering how the Jets have played on the road lately, that might not be a good thing. It's also exactly what they needed to draw this series level. "So they weren't good enough last game, and they knew that, and they had to respond tonight and they did in a big way". "I think we showed the hockey world that we earned the right to be here and worthy to play against a great team".

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