The Winnipeg Jets and Las Vegas Golden Knights have contested what has thus far been an incredibly competitive series in the Western Conference Final of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Game 3 proved to be no exception.
The Golden Knights set the tone early with a goal from star forward Jonathan Marchessault just 35 seconds into the very first period, but despite not scoring the Jets sent an early message of their own. Bruising Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien seemingly took out James Neal in the first period of the game with what may or may not have been an intentional elbow to the face. Nonetheless Neal would leave to the locker room for a lengthy period of time in the first period and the Jets had set a tone of their own.
Things continued to get physical between both sides as they fought a tightly contested game, one that saw the Jets tie things up at 1 - 1 for just 12 seconds. Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele continued to demonstrate that he is one of the most dominant players in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he scored yet again to tie the game at 1 - 1, but 12 seconds later the Golden Knights answered right back to reclaim a one goal lead.
As you would expect in a game this hotly contested there were tempers flaring on both sides of the ice and while play remained relatively clean aside from some excessive cross checking from both teams, cross checks that largely went uncalled y the NHL officials on the ice, it was clear that by the end of the game these two teams had already had their fill of one another.
The Golden Knights would eventually walk away with a 4 - 2 victory, adding an empty net goal in the final seconds of the game, but both teams made sure to let one another know that things weren't over just yet as the final siren sounded in the third period. Both teams found themselves congregating at center ice and it was long before fist and sticks were flying on both sides of the ice. A decent little brawl ensued and the NHL officials had to struggle to get things calmed down once again, and we expect that this will set the tone for Game 4 of this series.