Johnathon Marchessault is a gangster. There’s no way around it. Rolling in to Vegas game 3 tied 1-1 in a baller Lambo. I just don’t understand how Florida could have moved on from this guy, blows my mind. 35 seconds in and Marchessault speeds down the ice in on Hellebuyck and roofs a beauty backhand and it’s already 1-0 Vegas. Big dick Johnny is now his new nickname. The Golden Knights came out of the gates flying and Winnipeg couldn’t get anything going. Struggled to get through the neutral zone and couldn’t deal with the Vegas forecheck. Period ends Vegas up 1-0.
Second period begins and Winnipeg has woken up and starts to build momentum. Lots of quality shifts and Mark Scheifele is looking like the franchise before he pops one in to tie the game. 13 goals for Scheifele now, the man is just killing it. 12 seconds later though and a little complacency in their own zone and Haula jumps on the puck and feeds an open James Neal for a tap in. What a response. Winnipeg continues to press and Fleury makes a great save before the puck comes back down the other end and this time Alex Tuch buries it and it is 3-1 Vegas. Little side note here…. Alex Tuch is REALLY good. Rest of the period was a lot of Winnipeg pressing and Fleury being a brick wall. There was a comical scrum that I’ll try and get a link for and eventually post. Byfuglien grabs 2 Golden Knights players out of the scrum, one in each hand, and just manhandles them out of the pile. At the end of it he’s just standing there like a dad with 2 kids. In the same scrum Fleury tickled Scheifele’s ear. Just something you have to see.
18 seconds in to the third and the Jets come out pressing again and who else but Scheifele scoring his 14th. 14 goals…. how? Like I don’t get it. 14 fucking goals man. Mind blowing. Third period was tilted towards the Vegas end with Winnipeg trying to tie things up. Fleury was incredible and stole the show. I think if Vegas wins the series he’s easily the Conn Smyhte winner. Funny that he had a reputation of being a poor playoff goalie. I bet Pitt had him for this last run instead of Murray. Anyhow Vegas scored an empty netter with like 3 seconds left, final score was 4-2
I have one quick little note here. Reilly Smith is a really good player. Florida undervalued him a lot after having a not so great season last year, but they literally gave up Marchessault just to get rid of Smith. He’s a 2 way winger playing on a top line and doesn’t look out of place at all. Anyways good for him and I’m glad he’s making that organization look stupid for their bonehead move. That is all kids.