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Cinderella run continues: 10 things that define the Golden Knights

12 May, 2018, 20:38 | Author: Hannah Francis
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So, it doesn't really make a big difference to us.

The fantastic Cinderella story of the Vegas Golden Knights continues to add additional chapters to their magical story and none of their players seem to shy away from the approaching "midnight" hour.

"We had to go through a little adversity early in the season and then we hit our stride and have been playing with confidence ever since", said Jets forward Blake Wheeler.

The Knights, whose hometown of Sin City stands in stark contrast to the humble streets of Canada's Winnipeg, are playing with house money after becoming the third expansion team in National Hockey League history to make the playoffs in its first season. "They're very passionate about our team and about hockey".

That set up a meeting between the Jets and Predators, who both had the most points in the league and the series did not disappoint as it went the full seven games. Also defending for the Predators is Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland.

In Round 1 the Golden Knights opened the series with a pair of home games against the Kings. Two of those games were with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out with an injury.

After cutting more than a half-goal per game off his average this season - 2.89 to 2.36 - his goals-against average in the playoffs is an identical 2.36 through 11 games. Connor Hellebuyck was excellent as he made 36 saves on 37 shots.

The Jets pride themselves on being a fast team, but so do the Knights. It might sting for Wild fans to see the newbie have stunning success when the Wild has been stuck for so long, but it's rare when you get to see history in the making, and the Knights are certainly worthy of being called historic. The Jets' second line wasn't far behind, with Laine, Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers scoring 183 points.

In Washington's Game 5 win over Pittsburgh, another rookie, right wing Jakub Vrana, was bumped from the third line to the top one and delivered an assist on the tying score before putting the go-ahead goal in the net. The Golden Knights had four players finish with at least 60 points this season, led by William Karlsson (43 goals, 35 assists). Of the remaining four teams left in the National Hockey League playoffs, there may not be a better candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy then Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Tallon, looking to undo moves made by the regime that replaced him as GM the previous season, made a deal with the Golden Knights: the Knights would take Reilly Smith and his $5 million contract off his hands, and the Knights would get Jonathan Marchessault in the expansion draft.

"Winnipeg" in the seventh match out "Nashville" and became the last participant of the third round of the Stanley Cup.

The Golden Knights are 11-2 in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning record. Have a good first period, get a good start. But San Jose also had extended time off.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes a stop against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

The demand for the viewing party outside Bell MTS Place has grown so great that they chose to institute a lottery to distribute 27,000 tickets each for Games 1 and 2. Vegas may be approaching this run with the bright-eyed innocence of an expansion team, but the other three franchises still standing know not to take a moment in the postseason spotlight for granted.

Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild.



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