Winnipeg 4 Vegas 2
JETS COME OUT FLYING IN GAME 1 VICTORY
Dustin Byfuglien (1-1—2), Mark Scheifele (1-1—2) and Blake Wheeler (0-3—3) all recorded multiple points as the Jets scored three goals in the opening 7:35 of the first period, including two in a span of 46 seconds, to open the Western Conference Final with a victory in front of another raucous Whiteout crowd at Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg improved to 5-2 at home in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring opponents 24-15 in those contests.
* Byfuglien opened the scoring at 1:05 of the first period, the fastest goal to begin a game by a franchise making its Conference Finals/Semifinals debut (since 1974-75). The Jets improved to 8-1 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs when scoring the game’s opening goal.
* Byfuglien paces all defensemen with 5-10—15 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and his five multi-point efforts lead all blueliners this postseason.
* Wheeler recorded his third three-point performance in his last six games (2-9—11). He boosted his totals to 3-15—18 overall in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and leads all players with 15 assists. In the 2017-18 regular season, Wheeler tied Flyers captain Claude Giroux for the League lead with 68 helpers.
* Connor Hellebuyck (19 saves) improved to 9-4 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.23 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO), including a 5-2 mark at Bell MTS Place (2.02 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO).
SCHEIFELE CONTINUES TO PILE ON THE POINTS
Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored his League-leading 12th goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (13 GP) – one shy of the leader from the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Jake Guentzel: 13 in 25 GP). The NHL record for most goals in a playoff year is 19, set by Reggie Leach in 1976 (16 GP) and matched by Jari Kurri in 1985 (18 GP).
* Scheifele, who is tied for fourth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 12-6—18, registered his eighth multi-point game of the postseason and third in his last four contests. This marks the 20th time in NHL history and just eighth in the last 30 years that a player has posted multiple points in eight or more of his team’s first 13 games of a postseason. Sidney Crosby (twice) is the only other active player to accomplish the feat.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
The Lightning look to bounce back from a series-opening loss on home ice when they host the Capitals in Game 2. Teams that take a 2-0 series lead in the Conference Finals/Semifinals (since 1974-75) hold an all-time series record of 39-2 (95.1%).