With their victory on Tuesday night over the Calgary Flames, the Golden Knights tied the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and 1993-94 Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the most wins in a season by an expansion team with 33.
Vegas will have a chance to set a new record on Thursday when they take the ice against the Winnipeg Jets.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 31, 2018
Golden Knights’ William Karlsson Out to Prove Last Season Wasn’t a Fluke
Although the magical run that the Vegas Golden Knights had to the Stanley Cup Final was halted by the Washington Capitals, the team is looking to show that last season was no fluke, much like Vegas forward William Karlsson is.
The 25-year old Karlsson finished the 2017-2018 campaign third in the league with 43 goals and 35 assists, and although he and the Golden Knights couldn’t nail down a long-term contract, he did agree to a one-year, $5.25 million deal so he can return to build on his impressive season.
It’s me betting on myself a little,” Karlsson said, according to NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger. “It would be great with a long-term (deal) but we couldn’t agree on that. Both sides wanted it long term but it couldn’t work out.
“I believe I can have another productive year, show that last season was no fluke, and earn something long term.”
Karlsson blew up, unexpectedly after two lackluster season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I’m not sure what happened in Columbus but when your confidence is down it affects you,” Karlsson said. “All I wanted is a chance to show what I can do. Vegas let me do that. It let a lot of guys do that.”
Another season like last year’s will lead to a big, long-term deal for Karlsson, and make it hard for the Golden Knights not to give him that kind of commitment.
Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury: ‘Sorry we couldn’t bring it home’
“Thank you for all the support throughout the season,” Fleury said after the game, according to SportsNet. “From day one, they’ve been incredible. Sorry we couldn’t bring it home.”
“It was pretty quiet in here after the game,” he continued. “Nobody talked about it. I think we all need a little time to realize what we’ve done.”
Vegas has nothing to be ashamed of following a magical, and improbable, run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Caps’ Tom Wilson Avoids Hearing For Hit on Jonathan Marchessault
Washington Capital irritant Tom Wilson won’t be having a hearing for his obvious late hit on Vegas Golden Knights’ forward Jonathan Marchessault during their Game 1 matchup in the Stanley Cup final on Monday.
Marchessault briefly exited the game and went through concussion protocol but was not injured on the play, and Vegas would go on to take Game 1 6-4.
Wilson followed through after Marchessault had moved the puck resulting in a 2-minute minor for interference.
Here is the play in question, which sparked plenty of debate on social media:
Tom Wilson bundles Jonathan Marchessault with a late hit pic.twitter.com/qAOYyipjEw
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) May 29, 2018
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