While the whole team impressed by showing their resilience against the playoff battle-hardened Sharks, the Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith line once again showed that they're almost unstoppable.
Hockey fans across Manitoba are being encouraged to support the team by boarding a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada for the start of the semifinals. While the Golden Knights have been a great story, there has been plenty of grumbling from the stepsisters left behind by Cinderella.
"I think it's really the driving force within the group that there's so much more to give, and so much more the players want to give for themselves and the fans", Cheveldayoff said. It's easy to argue now that the expansion draft rules may have favored the Knights a little too much (one general manager told TSN it was like he was "held hostage" by the Knights during the process), but no analysts were giving the Knights much of a chance when the season started. The Vegas Golden Knights were clearly not keen on joining that trend. That it took the Isles only three seasons to reach the playoffs, when they sent shivers through defending Cup champ Philadelphia by coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a seventh game in the semis, was in of itself a tremendous achievement.
Winnipeg regained home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series due to their overall second-place finish with 114 points. Fleury is 8-2 this post season with a save percentage of.951, a goals against of 1.53, and four shutouts. In the locker room, he's an even better person.
Las Vegas is the NHL's newest glitzy addition, a first year expansion franchise that has set up shop in the world's most famous gambling destination.
Back in 2013-14, his first full season as an National Hockey League coach, Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper used nine rookies in the playoffs, a total no team has eclipsed since.
When it came time for the playoffs, though, the team rolled with Brayden McNabb, Nate Schmidt, Deryk Engelland, Shea Theodore, Colin Miller and Jon Merrill for its first eight games. What stands out most about their run is defence. The trio has combined for 16 goals and 39 points in 12 playoff games so far. Their blueprint is quite the recipe for success. "I don't think experience changes that".
Tampa Bay and Vegas have shown resiliency after a setback, as the are 19-8 following a loss, while the Golden Knights are 20-10-1.
Calgarian Tom Morrissey will also be cheering on the Jets when they play, but from the team's home arena. His shutout in Game 1 was his third of the postseason, but the Sharks peppered him throughout Game 2, outshooting the Golden Knights, 47-29.
Many thought the new team would finish near the bottom of the NHL's standings.
What a difference a year makes.
Two newbies in the conference finals for their first time in heir franchise histories.
In the aftermath of the tragedy the Golden Knights retired number 58 to honor the victims.
Over in the Eastern Conference we have Washington finally getting rid of their nemesis, the Penguins, which entitles them to face Tampa Bay. This stunning fairy tale seems to have no end in sight as "Sin City' continues to accomplish the impossible, beating talented well established teams with their fast paced style of play, smothering defence and tremendous anticipation, not to mention a high level of skill". The Westgate SuperBook now has their odds at 3/1 behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are at 7/4.