The Winnipeg Jets wasted no time showing Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights what they’re capable of, burying three goals in the opening 7:35 of Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.
This resulted in the raucous crowd at Bell MTS Place sarcastically trying to save Fleury from further punishment by pleading for his backup, Malcolm Subban, to come into the game in relief.
Subban is the younger brother of Nashville Predators star blueliner P.K. Subban whom the Jets eliminated two days ago.
As Minnesota Wild beat reporter Michael Russo pointed out, Jets fans also did this in the opening round after beating Devan Dubnyk four times on 10 shots in Game 5 of that series.
Dustin Byfuglien opened the scoring for Winnipeg with a huge clapper at 1:05. Patrik Laine made it 2-0 at 6:49 and less than a minute later Joel Armia scored a controversial one for the Jets’ third of the period.
Brayden McNabb scored for Vegas 35 seconds later to cut the lead to 3-1.