Until the Vegas Golden Knights showed up this season and completely incinerated that history. These were players whose previous employers had deemed expendable in the grand scheme.
Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring, Nate Schmidt added an insurance goal that was only detectable by replay and Cody Eakin sealed it with an empty-netter to help Vegas become just the third team in National Hockey League history to win multiple series in its first season.
Golden Knights fever continues to sweep the Las Vegas valley and the nation, causing hockey teams from around the country to country to jump on the bandwagon.
Even by their owner's pre-season optimistic estimation, the Golden Knights are way ahead of schedule. Then Luca Sbisa made his first appearance since February 27 in Game 5 against the Sharks, pushing Hunt further down the depth chart. Who knows how the next series will go at this point, the Knights are always full of surprises.
The SWBL has released their schedule and the Virden Oilers see their first action on the road as they go to Elkhorn and Reston on May 23 and 25, respectfully.
In the following series the deployment of Karlsson's line was more evenly spread out at five-on-five, but that's presumably because San Jose's scoring talent was more evenly distributed across its top two lines.
A lot of hockey fans are very disappointed, and they should be, that the NHL head office didn't penalize Brad Marchand for all his Neanderthal antics on the ice, namely the licking of an opposition player's face. On Thursday, the Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-1 in game seven of their second round playoff series.
Just how far they go will depend largely on the play of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup victor with Pittsburgh. The Jets took that series by winning game-seven on the road by a score of 5-1. The Southeast never sent three teams to the playoffs in the same season, and by the time the Thrashers were sold and relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, everyone was happy to part ways. At this point I'd say that I don't think Vegas will beat either the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators in the Conference Finals, but they have already proven me wrong over and over. Consider this piece the anti-thesis against this entire movement. 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.
A stagnant offence is a predictable one, which makes it easy to defend against. They start wearing Golden Knights jerseys and hats.
8 - When Vegas general manager George McPhee assembled the Golden Knights, his plan was to select players on short-term contracts so the franchise wouldn't be hampered by long-term albatrosses.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights, who at that point had yet to play an National Hockey League game, needed all the support they could find, and Foley, fellow Whitefish resident and 18-year National Hockey League veteran Murray Craven and two of the teams players trekked north to the Treasure State in search of it.
That's really paid dividends in the neutral zone. I think we've been doing that, for the first round and the first game of. Comparing how other expansion teams have fared with the Golden Knights' experience isn't exactly apples-to-apples.
That makes it imperative for Vegas to perform well early in games. For the first time in his career, Alex Ovechkin will play in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets can match the Vegas speed through most lines and with at least three of them they can match pressure but compared to the cult that is Vegas they aren't quite as dedicated. They began the season having won eight of their first nine games and haven't looked back since.
Winnipeg went 1-1-1 against Vegas during the regular season. As a team the players have rallied behind the fact that they were all cast aside by their old teams.