And he passed with flying colours.
Players have commented on Marchessault's inability to handle losing to teammates on the miniature basketball hoop they have at the practice facility, so getting him fired up for a crucial game in the Western Conference Finals isn't hard. It wasn't a work of art.
And then, just as suddenly, it was 3-1. "That's not my problem". The visitors returned to Sin City with a 3-1 victory and the best-of-seven Western Conference final all square at 1-1. And only a minute later Nikolaj Ehlers hit the goal post as the Jets were swarming in the early going.
Kyle Connor had a dangerous-looking rush before Jacob Trouba stepped off his point and found the puck on his stick in the slot.
"They came out flying again with a lot of speed", Fleury said. "The first one [from Scheifele], it just trickled. I was a little anxious, but my defence showed up". Quickly after the Golden Knights struck again with a breakaway goal from Jonathan Marchessault.
It was a scoreless second period as the shots were tied at eight apiece after Vegas outshot Winnipeg 13-11 in the first.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion serves as a safety blanket for the first-year team.
Winnipeg was in Fleury's kitchen all night but as it didn't it the 2nd Round, it didn't matter in Game 2. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 32 goals on 421 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. "We've got to get back to what makes us successful on the (penalty kill)".
But games are often won at this time of year through the execution of small details like the extra save or the big play. After Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored about one minute into the game, the Jets fell into a rhythm.
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The Jets beat the Knights to open the series some 48 hours after disposing of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators 5-1 on the road in Game 7 of a second-round series that never saw a team win two straight. Realize that they have some guys on their team that can make plays as well. "We had some good chances, they capitalized on theirs". They're gonna create some momentum and put the puck in the net.
That's what Jonathan Marchessault and the Vegas Golden Knights were able to accomplish Monday night in Winnipeg.
As most Golden Knights flourished when given a bigger opportunity for the expansion team, Tatar was the exception - until Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He needs to get in the minds of a Winnipeg team that is spilling over with offensive talent.
In Game 1, the Jets jumped out to an early lead en route to their 4-2 victory.
All Laine was doing on Saturday morning was trying to downplay the edge Fleury gives his teammates.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Vegas turned it back on immediately. "I don't think you're going to see that tonight".
"If you're going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better, I think you need to lead by example", Marchessault said. "I mean he hasn't been tested that much the games I saw". We don't get satisfied.
Vegas weathered another early storm in Game 2, but steadied things to grab a 2-0 lead before responding with Marchessault's second of the night just 88 seconds after the Jets got to within one midway through the third period.
They had enough shots to win Game 2.