Carp: Game 4 Is Must-Win For Winnipeg

If the Jets lose Game 4 in Las Vegas, they're not going to beat Marc-Andre Fleury three straight times

JRSportBrief
May 18, 2018 - 8:35 am

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The Golden Knights host Winnipeg in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Friday, and if the Jets have any hope of playing for a Stanley Cup, they have to win this game. No, the series won’t officially be decided in Game 4, but if the Jets fall behind 3-1, the series is all but over.

“It’s big for Winnipeg. If they fall behind 3-1 in this series, I just can’t see them beating Marc-Andre Fleury three straight times to get to the Cup,” Las Vegas Review Journal Knights reporter Steve Carp said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Fleury is just playing at such a high level. You know how good he is. When he is locked in like he is now, he is really, really tough to get the puck by. I think the Jets better come up with a way to get to him early and try to get to him often and try to get him to crap the bed, if you will. He hasn’t done it yet. We’ll see what happens, but it’s a huge game for Winnipeg.”

Scott Ferrall, a diehard Penguins fan, wondered if Fleury is better than Matt Murray.

“Right now he is,” Carp said. “He’s playing probably the best hockey of his career. He’s just having so much fun every time he’s on the ice. You see what he did (the other night). Just all these little things he does and these acrobatic things he does with the puck, he’s having a lot of fun. He really gets it that it’s a game. It is his vocation, let’s not kid ourselves, and he takes that seriously, but he comes to the rink looking to just enjoy himself every day.”

Fleury led the Knights to a 3-1 win in Winnipeg in Game 2. Whatever happens in Game 4 in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights won’t be intimidated when the series returns to Canada on Sunday.

“No, because they got a bunch of veteran guys who have been around,” Carp said. “James Neal’s been around. (Deryk) Engelland’s been around. Certainly Fleury. I’ll go right down the line. Cody Eakin. These guys played in Stanley Cup playoff games. (Fleury is) not going to let a bunch of fans wearing a white T-shirt bother him. It’s a great atmosphere, Winnipeg. Let’s not short-change what those people do. They’re passionate, they’re smart – they’re good fans. But once the puck is dropped, you’re worried about getting your shift done and playing well. You’re not hearing the crowd. Winnipeg has got a lot of good players – and if I’m Vegas, I worry more about Jets players than the Jets fans."