Vegas Golden Knights fans thrilled over dream first National Hockey League season

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2018

Scanning social media after Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights, which gives Vegas a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Final, its appears Jets fans have had their confidence shaken a bit. "They're finding more things about Winnipeg to exploit than Winnipeg is finding about them to exploit", said Lane (@DanaLaneSports).

"I'm really thinking Vegas is going to win Game 4 and they're going to put a stranglehold on this series".

"I'm sad, but I know they played hard and played awesome game, and they'll win next time", Winnipegger Hilda Anderson-Pyrz said.

As much as 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup in this gambling city's sports books when the season began, the players that like to refer to themselves as the Golden Misfits are now incredibly the odds-on favorites to win it all. But they've played the entire season with a chip on their shoulders after being judged expendable by their former employers.

Days later, the Golden Knights played their first home game just a few blocks from where the tragedy occurred and the community quickly rallied around its first National Hockey League franchise under the banner "Vegas Strong".

"We all came here with the right mindset", said James Neal , who had a goal and an assist in the win.

That the Knights were competitive in their first season wasn't a total surprise. And so far they've held their own speed-wise in the series against the Jets, a team built on speed itself.

Even in a self-imposed team bubble, Jets head coach Paul Maurice was aware of the arrival of Jets Nation. We can't sulk on this too long.

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A different kind of way to taunt an opposing player.

Away from the arena it's more of the same. Homegrown baseball hero Bryce Harper is such a big fan he has bats with Golden Knights logos, and singer Carrie Underwood offered (it was declined) to sing the national anthem after her Nashville Predators were eliminated.

Marchessault scored his seventh goal of the playoffs just 35 seconds into the game as he took a pass from Brayden McNabb and went forehand-backhand to slip the puck past Hellebuyck, giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

"They went from having 17 hits in Game 2 to having 48 in Game 3", handicapper Dana Lane said.

"And the ones that are fortunate enough to get on a plane to come down, they want to keep it going".

They were Vegas Strong, starting the season just after the murderous October 1 rampage just down the street from the arena that took 58 lives in the worst mass shooting ever in the U.S. They became Vegas Born, which has resonated in a city where so many people are from elsewhere.

The over is 4-0 in the last four Golden Knights home games.

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