"My task is to get everyone up on their feet", said Shunock, the Golden Knights in-game host.
Vegas established a valuable home-ice advantage that it rode to the NHL's fifth best home record in the National Hockey League during the regular season, but the edge has reached new levels during the playoffs.
The hard work on this goal goes to Reilly Smith who stole the puck at center-ice and head-maned it to a streaking Marchessault.
They fell 3-1 to Vegas in Game 2, knotting the NHL's best-of-seven Western Conference Final at one game apiece.
"It's nuts", said Shunock. "They're going to feed off that, but we've played in hostile environments". Or at least, a different kind of fun. Among the four teams remaining, only the Lightning has ever won the Stanley Cup.
"I think playing with the lead", Marchessault said.
The former Winnipegger is in town with another friend from B.C. and said he has followed other teams before, but it always comes down to the Jets.
Are people getting exhausted of the whiteout street party?
The Vegas Golden Knights figured they might get something special by crossing a respected goaltending coach with an accomplished goaltender.
"The city is nuts, and I'm just honoured to be along for the ride", he said.
The expansion Vegas squad quelled doubters in the first round with a sweep of Los Angeles. "I had a great season". "It was a great crowd when we were here for sure". We're going to go to Vegas. He contacted Knights owner Bill Foley. "I'm just guessing here, knowing him". "My dad (Dr. George Shunock) put a team together to save the Hounds in '88". It seems like when our backs are against the wall, it brings out the best in our group.
"I was essentially born with skates on and grew up in Memorial Gardens" he told the Vegas crew. The Jets are 8-1; the Golden Knights are 7-1.
He was then asked if keeping it light, like they did Tuesday, has been a big part of their ability to flush losses, like the one they suffered Monday.
"We were on them", Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said.
After splitting the first two games, the Jets realize they will need to crank up their game a bit in order to avoid falling behind in a series for the first time in three rounds. "I think it shows, he's been around for a long time".
The Vegas Golden Knights selected Marchessault and he averaged almost a point a game in the regular season, and leads the team with six goals and 15 points in the playoffs. The approach from the outside has continually been "Show us what you got in April", and with the expectations and pressure seemingly absent entering this postseason, success is happening.
Unable to find much to cheer about from the play of their team, fans had to be prompted by the Jumbotron to "Make some noise". Vegas got back to the fore-checking that they had used in the first two series this year and the Jets just didn't have an answer for it. But her passion for the team never wavered.
Since that opening game, the Knights have been on a steady rise, and the locals are noticing.
Winnipeg, which was an NHL-best 32-7-2 at home during the regular season, has actually played better on the road during the playoffs, winning four of its last five away from Bell MTS Place, including a 5-1 rout of Nashville in Game 7 in the conference semifinals. "Heavy on both sides", Wheeler said. The first, a tidy breakaway tally scored following a broken play in the neutral zone, was Vegas' second and gave them a 2-0 lead late in the first frame.