Now, let’s be honest. Who would have thought that in its inaugural season, the new expansion team in the National Hockey League would make it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals?!
The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team in the modern expansion era to win its division, setting regular-season records in both wins and points, and making it to the Stanley Cup finals by a club in its inaugural year.
Vegas won the Western Conference Finals in five games over the Winnipeg Jets and are waiting for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lighting. In Manitoba on Sunday afternoon, the Golden Knights grabbed their tickets to the Stanley Cup finals by winning Game 5 by the final score of 2-1 over the Jets.
Golden Knights star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had the best of the Jets, once again, proving that he is the best player in a team full of talented ones, and a true leader. Fleury was once again the first star of the game. In 15 playoff games, he has been the first star eight times.
On the ice, following a poignant handshake between both clubs that battled hard, the Golden Knights did not waste time to put on the Western Conference champions hats and waited for their first celebration with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. Derek Engelland went on to take the picture with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and touched the trophy.
After the picture, he brought the trophy to his teammates for them to celebrate this great achievement.
The Knights had fantastic run so far in the postseason. They started on a high note, sweeping the Los Angeles Kings in four games during the first round. They had the best of the San Jose Sharks in the second round, winning the series in six contests.
They just kept going in the third round, and now many believe they can do what most fans thought was possible at the start of the 2017-18 season, and win the ultimate prize, a first Stanley Cup in the first year of the organization.
Many experts had placed the Golden Knights at the bottom of the standings when they made predictions on the regular season and the playoffs.
The Golden Knights have proven everyone wrong!