For starters, just about everyone had a chip on his shoulder - including the head coach. He has blocked 24 shots overall, second on team to Brayden McNabb's 31 ...
Above all, though, glass-half-full types pointed to the guy in net as reason to be excited.
Golden Knights Head coach Gerard Gallant will also be in attendance along with players Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal.
And all he did was have the best regular season of his career. As you get older, you realize how hard it is to win.
The playoffs are a different animal, however. In terms of style of game, it looks very similar to the way Vegas plays now.
He said it would probably be a team relocation as is happening with the Oakland Raiders upcoming move to Las Vegas.
With only four remaining teams, all a mere eight wins away from capturing Lord Stanley's Cup, odds have dramatically shortened.
Without question, the best way to mitigate a lack of Hall of Fame-caliber skaters this time of year is to receive elite goaltending.
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Similarly, defenseman Christian Djoos sat out Washington's first two games but played in the other 10. That was the first goal Saros had allowed in four appearances this postseason.
The Fleury we are watching is, at present, performing better than anyone else in the National Hockey League.
The Golden Knights are coming off a week's rest after ousting the San Jose Sharks in six games. It might sting for Wild fans to see the newbie have stunning success when the Wild has been stuck for so long, but it's rare when you get to see history in the making, and the Knights are certainly worthy of being called historic.
According to oddsmakers, the Jets are a -145 favorite to win on the moneyline. "We're just going to have to put it behind us and look forward to another exciting series".
This is due in large part to the way Fleury has responded to scoring opportunities right in front of him.
"I stand by my words". His best moment came against the San Joe Sharks when he scored the overtime victor in Game 3 of the second round.
Fleury has been especially clutch at even strength.
Saros stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced. That, too, is an NHL-best.
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There are fewer youngsters in the Western Conference final.
"No, both those teams missed the playoffs". The Jets took that series by winning game-seven on the road by a score of 5-1.
"They came out and did the two things that we wanted them to do in this game and that was play fast but also enjoy playing the game", Maurice told reporters. While the Golden Knights have been a great story, there has been plenty of grumbling from the stepsisters left behind by Cinderella.
"I think you approach it as you approached all the games you played so far in the playoffs", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.
Michael "Doc" Emrick is a bit surprised about the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but not about goalie Marc Andre Fleury's role in leading the team deep into the National Hockey League playoffs. During the regular season, Kyle Connor led all Jets scorers against the Golden Knights, with three goals, and one assist while Mark Scheifele had a goal and three assists over that time.
In the process, the Knights have had the most successful first year ever for an expansion franchise - not just in hockey, but in the four major professional sports leagues.
Indeed, for Vegas to earn the most improbable championship any of us have ever seen, it will nearly certainly need its goalie to remain white-hot.
"Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's teammates admire his positive disposition as much as his premier puckstopping abilities". And there is no one performing at a higher level.
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