May. 11, 2018
The Las Vegas Golden Knights Can't Stop and Won't Stop
Undefeated in franchise history. One of the only 3-0 teams left in the NHL. James Neal for the Hart. Marc-Andre Fluery for the Vezina. I can't get enough of the Las Vegas Golden Knights because, simply, they're the best sports on television right now even with the NFL season in full swing and cold crispness of October playoff baseball. Nothing's even close to this beauty that is the rag tag, first year expansion team, where every cold blooded Knight has a huge fuckin' chip on their shoulder for being let go by their former team, and that's what's bringing them together to give them this chemistry and heart that's taking over the hockey world. Every game for them has been electric and unmatched by any other team in the league.
Game 1: The Knights move into the 3rd period down 1-0 to the Dallas Stars, one of the best teams in the West, and James Neal puts the team on his back to score two goals, including the falling down, from the knee game winning dagger all with less than 10 minutes left in the game. By the way, Marc-Andre Fluery quietly saved 45 shots to put Vegas in a position for the win.
Game 2: Coming off the first win in franchise history, the Knights got down early to a bad Arizona Coyotes team in the first, but were fortunately able to hold that 1 score deficit until 1:12 left in the 3rd when the ice rose off the floor and injected itself into Nate Schmidt's veins when he ripped the unassisted goal to tie it up and get to OT. Naturally, the only person with a game winning goal in the Vegas Golden Knights' history gets it done in just over 3 minutes into OT. James Neal baby. BACK TO BACK game winners for the coyote killer himself.
Game 3: Their first ever home game was preceded by a 45 minute memorial for the victims and heroes of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy that happened only a few short days ago. The memorial between the city of Las Vegas and its first ever professional sports team showed how sports are a magical phenomenon that can bring any two to any two million people together to forget about the pain of the world and unite together for a common cause of winning something for the community. Sports are the best. The momentum, love, and courage spewed out from the memorial and all its figures carried right into the hockey game, when Vegas put down 4 goals in just over 10 minutes, including a no look snipe into the side pocket of the goalie. Needless to say, they dominated every aspect of the game from start to finish to give Vegas their first home sports win in history.
The Golden Knights are the most fiery, nastiest, feistiest, and scrappy team in the NHL, which are all the characteristics you want out of your hockey players. They're rivals of every team in the league, and will be out for blood every night. Watch out for the Knights' slaying benders and saving Ws because someones going to have to kill them before any player on that team gives up.
Friday at Home vs the Red Wings, get excited, get hard, be ready.