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Golden Knights’ GM George McPhee Discusses Improbable Run To Stanley Cup Final

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The Vegas Golden Knights continue to do the impossible and re-write history and they did both again when the knocked off the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Golden Knights’ roster was built by general manager George McPhee and he faced the mountainous challenge of trying to build an expansion team into a winner.

Little did he know that they would reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first year, becoming the third team in NHL history to reach the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season.

“It’s a hell of a team. I don’t know how we did it,” McPhee said, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. “We just played our game and these players played their guts out. There’s just something special about them. They made it happen. I don’t know how to explain it.”

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Golden Knights’ William Karlsson Out to Prove Last Season Wasn’t a Fluke

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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.

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Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury: ‘Sorry we couldn’t bring it home’

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Shortly after the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to clinch their first ever Stanley Cup, Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury issued a heartfelt apology to fans.

“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.

 

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Caps’ Tom Wilson Avoids Hearing For Hit on Jonathan Marchessault

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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:

 

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