Last-Second, Empty-Net Goal Busts Game 3 Under in Vegas
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault
- Under 5.5 backers didn’t feel great when the Jets cut the Vegas lead to 3-2 at the start of the third period.
- However, thanks to the post and some unbelievable Marc-André Fleury saves, they started to believe again.
- After surviving a missed empty-netter, the under looked like it would cash — until the final three seconds.
The under 5.5 didn’t look great after the Jets scored in the first minute of the third period to cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 3-2. Under bettors needed to avoid a goal with almost a full period of play left.
It looked like the Jets would get that game-tying and under-busting goal during 10-plus minutes of consistent pressure. But the score remained 3-2 with five minutes left — thanks to some absurd Marc-André Fleury saves, including this flying gem:
Vegas finally pushed back some in the final five minutes, but couldn’t get one to the back of the net. The shot off the post had to start making under 5.5 backers feel like maybe the under was meant to be.
However, the Jets would still need to pull their goalie to get the equalizer. They tried to do so with two minutes left, but Vegas kept gaining possession of the puck. Hope persisted.
Connor Hellebuyck finally headed for the bench with a little more than a minute remaining. The sweat was on.
Vegas eventually gained possession in the neutral zone and broke out with numbers with the puck. This was it. Here comes the sixth goal.
The Knights missed the empty-netter! The Jets took control and moved the other way. The over looked dead as they pushed into Vegas’ end of the ice as the clock approached 0:00.
Vegas then cleared the puck down the ice. Here comes the icing call to put the icing on the cake for under bettors. Wait a minute. As the puck sailed down the ice, Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault raced after it like he bet on the over himself.
Unbelievable. He took control of the puck with five seconds left and skated around the net for a wraparound goal with just three seconds on the clock. 4-2 final.
That also couldn’t have been any fun for those who bet Winnipeg +1.5. Not that I would know. Only in Vegas.