The miraculous Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 and are now just two games away from the Stanley Cup Final.
By Chris Yackel
Is anybody surprised by this Golden Knights team anymore? Sure it was a miracle on its own that Vegas won their division and made the playoffs, but did anyone really expect this team to be two wins away from a berth to the Stanley Cup Final? For my money it is the most miraculous occurrence in the history of sports (minus the “Miracle on Ice”).
The Vegas Golden Knights just continue to roll through the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Winnipeg Jets might be the next victim of teams to bow down. The Golden Knights held onto dear life in the third period, but they were able to prevail against the Jets and win 4-2. Winnipeg gave it their all tonight, especially in the third period, but Vegas would not and could not be denied of a victory.
Don’t get me wrong Winnipeg is more than capable of coming back and winning this series, but there is just something special about this Golden Knights team. They have speed, roll all four lines and have a solid defense. The real kicker for Vegas however, is who they have in net.
Marc Andre Fleury is playing the best hockey of his life right now and if Vegas ends up winning the cup he is lock for the Conn Smythe trophy. Fleury is playing focused and determined as he is the backbone and leader of this Vegas team. You can just see on the ice that he wants it bad. If that cross crease diving save on Mark Scheifele in last nights’ game doesn’t symbolize how bad Fleury wants a Stanley Cup, then I don’t know what does.
When Winnipeg dominated zone time and offensive chances in the third period, most goalies would falter. When Winnipeg scores just seconds into the third to close the gap to one most goalies would falter. Not Marc Andre Fleury, he is determined to win for his teammates and prove those who doubted him wrong.
However, he is not the only one. This entire Vegas team from day one of training camp had something to prove. They also were determined not just to prove their old teams wrong and win for themselves, but to win for each other. This proves positive as guys like Fleury, James Neal, Reily Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson just to name a few all play hard for each other. It is very apparent on the ice as this team just looks like they have a ton of chemistry both on and off the ice.
This series is far from over, but how can you not love Vegas? The crowd in T-Mobile Arena has been rowdy all playoffs long, but they brought their best in Game 3 for Vegas and will probably be even louder in Game 4. With only two wins from the Stanley Cup Final the dream of Vegas being in the Stanley Cup looks more and more like it will become a reality. If I were a betting man, just as always it looks like the odds are in Vegas’s favor. We’ll see if they cash in on those odds and take a 3-1 series lead on Friday.
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