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Las Vegas–Tonight in Winnipeg, the Vegas Golden Knights needed just one more win to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final against the Jets.

The series started out with the Winnipeg Jets taking game 1 by a 4-2 final. That marked the first time that the Golden Knights would be on the losing end of series opener when they took first two against Los Angeles and San Jose.

That did not phase the Golden Knights as they would take the next three games that included earning a split on the road and both home games at “The Fortress”.

Just like what we saw in games 3 and 4, the Golden Knights would strike first again and early against the Winnipeg Jets.

With a mistake in their end of the ice, Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey turned the puck over to Ryan Carpenter and with that opportunity found Alex Tuch in the slot position and all he had to do was throw his shot on net that beat Connor Hellebuyck for the opening goal of game 5.

This goal by Tuch took 5 minutes 11 seconds into the game to get Vegas on the board. On the play, he earned his 6th goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Later in the period, Winnipeg defenseman Morrissey would redeem himself from his earlier mistake that led to the Golden Knights opening goal of the period.

The Jets won the faceoff and Bryan Little with a great read of the ice sent a back pass to Morrissey where he unloaded a one timer shot that Marc-André Fleury had not chance at stopping that tied up game 5 with less than three minutes remaining in the frame.

Morrissey earned his 1st of this year’s playoffs on the play.

Both Vegas and the Jets were tied at the first intermission break of game 5 of West Final.

At the 13:21 mark of the second period, Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves finally netted his first goal of the playoffs when he redirected a Luca Sbisa shot that made it’s way past Hellebuyck via the crossbar as the Golden Knights retook the lead with a 2-1 score.

Reaves come over the Golden Knights during the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline period. Not only was this goal his first of the playoffs, this was his first in a Vegas uniform.

With the Golden Knights very much in the drivers seat heading into the third period of game 5 Fleury was stellar in the Vegas with making 9 saves.

On the other end, Hellebuyck was superb by not allowing the Golden Knights to score another goal in the game with his 8 save effort.

But at the end of the night, the Golden Knights would be victorious with their 2-1 win over the Jets to become the 2018 Western Conference Champions and would punch their first ever ticket to the Stanley Cup Final in club history.

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Fleury was lights out against the Jets in game 5 as he made 31 saves on 32 total shots he faced and would go on the record an impressive .969 save percentage.

In the loss, Hellebuyck had good night in net for Winnipeg with his 30 saves on 32 Golden Knights shots they threw at him and recorded a .938 save percentage.

With the Golden Knights moving on to the Stanley Cup Final this marks the second time in playoffs field to advance to another round ahead of the remaining clubs involved in the quest.

Their first was when they swept the LA Kings in opening round of the dance at Staples Center.

They now wait the winner of the Tampa Bay and Washington series where the Bolts hold a 3-2 series lead on the Capitals.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Ryan Reaves (Western Conference Championship clinching goal)

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-André Fleury (31 saves)

Vegas Golden Knights: Alex Tuch (1 goal)

Honorable Mention: Vegas Golden Knights Nate Schmidt (23:55 TOI and 4 SOG’s)

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