By: Nick Pooler
The Vegas Golden Knights advance to the Stanley Cup Finals as they overcame the odds. In their first season in the NHL, they put together a team of 3rd liners to make it to the Finals. Led by Marc-Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, David Perron, Reilly Smith and James Neal, Vegas finished the year 51-24-7 and first in the Pacific Division. There season started rough after the Vegas shooting that happened at a concert in town that was absolutely devastating to the community. The Golden Knights turned that around and fought for and behind their city.
After sweeping the Kings in the first round, beating the Sharks 4-2 in the second round, and beating the Jets 4-1 in the third, they have showed just how strong they really are. They have been doubted since day one but will be doubted no more. They now sit and wait and get all the rest they can get as they await the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals series. Coach Gerard Gallant played in the NHL from 1984-1995 for the Detroit Red Wings and the Lightning, including 7 years of coaching in the league split between the Blue Jackets, Panthers and Golden Knights he has a record of 203-165-38. With his first trip to the playoffs two years ago, he took the top seeded Panthers into the first round where they lost and the next year he was fired. This year, will for sure be a different story as he now has the top team in the Stanley Cup Finals.
It is amazing to see what this team has done and I for sure can’t wait to see what happens in the next round. It is truly an inspiring ride for all hockey fans out there regardless of who you root for.