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JETS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - STAN­LEY CUP PLAY­OFFS ROUNDUP

Win­nipeg scores three quick goals, takes West opener.

Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute af­ter the puck dropped, and the host Win­nipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first pe­riod and went on to beat the Ve­gas Golden Knights, 4-2, on Satur­day night in Game 1 of the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

Pa­trik Laine and Joel Ar­mia had goals 46 sec­onds apart to put the Jets up 3-0. Mark Scheifele gave Win­nipeg a 4-1 lead mid­way through the se­cond pe­riod with his 12th goal of the post­sea­son.

Bray­den Mc­N­abb scored mid­way through the first pe­riod, and Wil­liam Karls­son found the net late in the se­cond to pull Ve­gas within two, but the ex­pan­sion club couldn’t get any closer.

Win­nipeg’s Con­nor Helle­buyck made 18 saves. Marc-An­dre Fleury stopped 22 shots for the Golden Knights. The Jets will host Game 2 on Mon­day be­fore the series shifts to Las Ve­gas.

While the Jets played at home less than 48 hours af­ter ad­vanc­ing past top-seeded Nashville on the road, the Golden Knights were off for nearly a week af­ter elim­i­nat­ing San Jose.

“We didn’t have much of a rest,” Byfuglien said. “We’re still in game mode.”

Byfuglien’s slap shot 1:05 into the game put Win­nipeg up 1-0. Fleury had no shot to stop Laine’s one-timer from the left cir­cle off Blake Wheeler’s crossice pass on a power play at 6:49 of the first. Ar­mia had a goal waved off less than a minute later only to have it re­stored by a chal­lenge, which over­turned the goal­tender in­ter­fer­ence call on the ice.

Ve­gas pulled Fleury for an ex­tra skater late and had some chances to pull within one, but the shot-block­ing Jets didn’t let the puck get to Helle­buyck of­ten.

“We were chas­ing the game all night,” Golden Knights Coach Ger­ard Gal­lant said.

Fisher re­tires again

Nashville Preda­tors cen­ter Mike Fisher an­nounced his re­tire­ment for the se­cond time.

Fisher, 37, had re­tired af­ter the Preda­tors lost to the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nals last sea­son. He signed with Nashville in late Fe­bru­ary and played 16 reg­u­lar sea­son games, then 12 more in the play­offs be­fore the Preda­tors were elim­i­nated in the se­cond round by Win­nipeg. He did not play in Game 7 of that series be­cause of a lower body in­jury suf­fered in Game 6.

Fisher had 278 goals and 311 as­sists in 1,104 games with the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors and Preda­tors. He had six 20-goal sea­sons, in­clud­ing 25 in 2009-10 for Ot­tawa, which se­lected him in the se­cond round of the 1998 draft.

JONATHAN NEW­TON/THE WASHINGTON POST

In the Alex Ovechkin era, the Cap­i­tals are 3-5 in play­off series in which they won Game 1.

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