Laine managed a mere two points in the five-game Western Conference finals. Through the opening two rounds of the playoffs, Laine seemed unstoppable with 10 points in 12 contests, including four scored with the man advantage. However, the Golden Knights were able bottle up the talented Finn by limiting his time and space, which resulted in a disappointing two-goal performance. Still, it was a banner year for the youngster, as he played in all 82 games and set career highs in goals (44), points (70) and shots (241). Given his elite scoring touch, the sniper should have little problem reaching similar production levels during the 2018-19 campaign.
Laine scored one goal and fired seven shots on net in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Laine's goal -- a rocketing one-timer -- was much needed to even the score 1-1 in the second period, but the tie lasted just 43 seconds as Tomas Nosek marched down the ice and put Vegas back into the lead. It was just the 20-year-old's third goal of the playoffs, as his high-caliber scoring performance of the regular season (44 goals) hasn't carried over into the postseason.
Laine lit the lamp on the power play to the detriment of the Golden Knights in Saturday's 4-2, Game 1 win in the Western Conference finals. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was zoned in on Blake Wheeler, only for Wheeler to craftily thread a one-timer across the ice to Laine for the Finn's fourth goal and 11th point of these playoffs. The second-year scoring sensation could prove to be a real headache for the expansion club.
Laine notched an assist in Thursday's Game 7 victory over Nashville. Despite putting 40 shots on goal in his 12 postseason outings, Laine has been limited to just three goals. In fact, all three of the winger's tallies have come at home, where he has a 12.5 shooting percentage. The Finn tallied four points in his trio of regular-season clashes with the Golden Knights -- although he was blanked in his most recent contest Feb. 1.
Laine scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Predators in Game 4. After going six games without finding the back of the net, Laine finally broke his slump inside the final minute of Thursday's loss to ruin Pekka Rinne's shutout. With the series tied at 2-2 and heading back to Nashville on Saturday for Game 5, Winnipeg will need a more consistent effort from the 20-year-old star if it's going to advance to the Western Conference finals.
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