The Golden Knights chalked up their Game 1 loss to effort. “They outworked us,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “We have to compete harder. We got to battle harder.” It’s the sort of thing a coach says all the time, but it’s also just about the only thing a team can try to change when they’re up against the most talented team in the league, as I think Winnipeg is. Well, last night, Vegas worked. In their 3-1 Game 2 victory, the forechecking was there, the finishing was there, and most importantly, the Golden Knights’ top line, so outmatched in Game 1, won its battle with the Jets’ playmakers. “That line was incredible,” defenseman Nate Schmidt said. “We had a really good team win tonight, but some guys really elevated their game to another level.” On Saturday, Winnipeg’s high-powered line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and Blake Wheeler looked near-unstoppable, with Scheifele and Wheeler tallying five points between them. (Jonathan Marchessault admitted the line had done too much watching and not enough backchecking.) Vegas’s top trio, Marchessault, William Karlsson, and Reilly Smith, got their own points, but after the game was out of reach. And merely trading blows just plays into… Read full this story
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