Marchessault and Fleury lead Vegas to a crucial Game 2 victory at Winnipeg, evening the series; Smith, Laine and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Jonathan Marchessault – Vegas’ star winger was a force in Game 2, scoring a pair goals on 11 shot attempts (8 SOG). He has 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in 12 playoff games and, in the playoffs, Vegas has outscored the opposition 11-2 during 5-on-5 play with Marchessault on the ice.
Marc-Andre Fleury – The Golden Knights netminder stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 Game 2 victory against Winnipeg. He has a .945 save percentage in a dozen playoff starts.
Reilly Smith – The Golden Knights winger earned two assists in a 3-1 Game 2 victory at Winnipeg. He has 14 points (1 G, 13 A) in 12 playoff games.
Nikolaj Ehlers – Winnipeg’s speedy winger struggled (6 for, 17 against, 26.1 CF%, 1-12 scoring chances) in Game 2 against Vegas.
Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey – The Jets blueliners were both on the ice for two goals against in a 3-1 Game 2 Golden Knights victory at Winnipeg.
James Neal, Erik Haula and Alex Tuch – The Vegas trio had a hard game (6 for, 16 against, 27.3 CF%, 4-5 scoring chances) in a Game 2 victory at Winnipeg.
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Patrik Laine – The Jets sniper led the team with seven shot attempts and four shots on goal, yet also had team-worst possession stats (10 for, 16 against, 38.5 CF%, 3-11 scoring chances) in a Game 2 loss to Vegas.
Tomas Tatar – Back in the Vegas lineup after being a healthy scratch for several games, the Golden Knights winger scored the first goal of Game 2. It was his first point in five postseason contests.
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