In their own unique ways, the Golden Knights and Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final by proving themselves overly tough throughout the postseason.
Washington played as you might think a team trailing in the Stanley Cup Final would in beating the Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena, meaning the Capitals showed a focus and determination and toughness that Vegas must now combat as things head to the nation’s capital for Games 3 and 4.
It was apparent during a 6-4 win by the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, that hockey remains the most inconsistently officiated sport in the world.
For openers, Marc-Andre Fleury and counterpart Braden Holtby weren’t sharp to begin the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, won by the Golden Knights 6-4 over the Washington Capitals.
A best-of-seven series between the Golden Knights and Washington commences Monday evening, and the Vegas general manager also spent 17 years with the Capitals in the same capacity.
Underdogs have forever played a major role in scripting some of history’s better storylines, and Vegas in reaching the Stanley Cup Final certainly qualifies as a narrative of unforeseen achievement.
If you’re this close to earning a championship, be it in your first season or a franchise that has hungered for such a chance decade after decade, you do everything in your power to be the last one skating.
Nothing stresses a community like having to recover from bombs or a mass shooting, and nothing can emerge as a beacon of hope like the simplicity of a winning team.
The general manager of the Golden Knights went all-in on his roster this season and it paid off with a Western Conference championship.
Deryk Engelland was holding the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, bestowed to the Western Conference champion of the NHL, meaning Vegas in its inaugural season has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final following a 2-1 victory against Winnipeg.