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Jets expect pushback from Golden Knights in Game 2

Scheifele: 'They're going to be hungry' after losing opener in West Final

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets are expecting a strong pushback from the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at Bell MTS Place on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN).

The Jets defeated the Golden Knights 4-2 in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series on Saturday and scored three goals in the first 7:35 of the game.

 

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"We know they're going to come out strong," said Jets forward Mark Scheifele, whose 12 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs lead the NHL. "We know they're fast. We know they play a solid 200-foot game. So we know they're going to come hungry and we have to be prepared for that."

Preparing for the pushback won't take much extra work from the Jets.

"Throughout these playoffs, there's been times where a team we're up against is going to make a push and I think we've done a really good job of handling it and not trying to force things," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "We'll do the same tomorrow. We know they're going to try to make a push, so we'll focus on the way we have to play to be successful."

Video: The crew discusses the Jets' Game 1 win over Vegas

What made Winnipeg successful during the regular season (52-20-10, 114 points) and has helped them to nine wins in the playoffs, is a game played simple and fast.

The only adjustment the Jets need to make is to do the things they did well in Game 1, but better. 

"We were skating," forward Nikolaj Ehlers said. "We were playing hard, playing fast, playing a simple game, getting pucks to the net and that's something we're going to continue."

If they can continue, Winnipeg has a chance to take a 2-0 series lead into T-Mobile Arena for Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Jets weren't able to win back-to-back games in the second round against the Nashville Predators.

"We don't really want to be heading to Vegas, 1-1," forward Andrew Copp said. "We had a good game [on Saturday], but it doesn't really mean anything if we come out and lay an egg [on Monday]. We've got to be sharp, because we know they're going to make a push, especially early in Game 2."

Winnipeg's mantra throughout the regular season and into the playoffs has been to compartmentalize each game, never getting too high after a win and never getting too low after a loss. 

Copp said the Jets were glad to score on Golden Knight's goalie Marc-Andre Fleury early, but are wary of his ability to bounce back. Fleury has four shutouts in 11 games in the playoffs.

"We know how good he is and can be on any given night," Copp said. "So we've got to continue to get net-front presence in front of him and make things hard on him."

Video: Hellebuyck breaks down Game 1 on NHL Tonight

 

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