Stanley Cup Final: Vegas Golden Knights turning impossible into possible

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Viva Las Vegas and those who took a massive chance by putting their money on the Golden Knights before the season began.

The latest came Sunday afternoon when they recorded a 2-1 road victory over the Winnipeg Jets and eliminated their hosts from the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 Sunday to wrap up the Western Conference final series in five games.

Vegas scored the opening goal on a turnaround shot by Alex Tuch, and Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal in the second period.

"It's been good hockey, the team has played well and obviously (goaltender Marc-Andre) Fleury has been unbelievable, and that's been a big key for us", assessed Gallant, who praised the team's consistency.

The Vegas Golden Knights' dream inaugural season will conclude with a Stanley Cup showdown against either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Washington Capitals. This is all part of the culture we want to create with the hockey team. And the number increases dramatically once you get into the triple-digit bets. The guys that weren't playing, myself included, we stayed ready.

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"Either way, we're not going to be favorites", said Jonathan Marchessault, who leads Vegas with 18 points in the postseason.

The Golden Knights are only four wins away from hoisting up the Stanley Cup in their first season of existence.

The Golden Knights will play the victor of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Washington Capitals series, and the Lightning have the momentum and a 3-2 lead in the series. Washington, playing in the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1998, is looking for its first home win of the series.

Gallant is the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, who will face the victor of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Washington Capitals' series for the National Hockey League championship. However, while the other three teams to make the playoffs that year have all since won the Cup - the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming one of the NHL's most successful franchises --the Blues are still waiting for their first such triumph.

Coming into the National Basketball Association two seasons after the Chicago Bulls posted the best winning percentage of any expansion team in the league's history (40.7 percent), the Bucks won just 27 of their 82 games in the 1968-69 campaign but rapidly improved and tasted glory in just their third season of existence. "So, yeah, we got to work a little bit better for him".

The Capitals are minus-130 favorites to beat the Lightning in Game 6, according to OddsShark. The Lightning, who lost the first two games of the series at home, are looking to become the second team in as many days to win four straight games in the conference final. They did not deserve to win Game 3, but they could have won Games 4 and 5. For an example of their stinginess, look no further than the closing minute of Game 5.



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