The Vegas Golden Knights endured their third straight loss as they were bested by the Winnipeg Jets, 6-3, Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Winnipeg flew out to a 2-0 lead just 1:28 into the game as Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor hit the back of the net early for the visitors. With 4:17 to go in the frame, Tomas Nosek set up Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for Vegas' first goal of the game and the Golden Knights entered the first intermission trailing 2-1. Shea Theodore buried a long wrist shot to knot the score at 2-2, but goals in the final minute of the period from Patrik Laine and Adam Lowry gave the Jets a 4-2 edge heading into the final period of play. Jonathan Marchessault quickly brought the score to 4-3 but Laine's second of the game restored the two-goal lead for Winnipeg. Andrew Copp added a late empty-net goal as the Jets skated to a 6-3 win.
The play of Patrik Laine was a catalyst for Winnipeg in the game as he scored for the first time since Jan. 13. His late goal in the second period and power-play goal in the third were difference-makers for the Jets as one of their top scorers returned to form.
Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault became the first Golden Knight to reach 20 goals on the season when he scored in the third period.
Shea Theodore: Theodore's second goal in four games was a spark for Vegas in the second period.
Patrik Laine: Laine snapped a month-long goal draught with two goals in the contest.
Blake Wheeler: Wheeler picked up the primary assist on both of Laine's goals.
Vegas continues its homestand against the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.