By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Mon., April 16, 2018 The Vegas Golden Knights have taken the hockey world on a multi-step reeducation process this season. What began with surprise moved to disdain, and then on to disbelief and incredulity. We have now arrived at the fifth step. Acceptance. We can only wonder how many more steps there are left. Lifting hockey’s most famous trophy? Even if you want to grasp at the very last straw and suggest the Knights got the very best possible opponent in the first round of the Stanley Cup, the fading and punchless Los Angeles Kings, you must still accept that Vegas is continuing its season of historic accomplishment by wiping the mat with the Kings, not easy to do to any playoff opponent. L.A. has the stars — Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter — and the massive contracts to go with them. For Game 3 on Sunday night, after losing Games 1 and 2 in Nevada, the Kings brought out the off-ice … [Read more...] about Golden Knights show regular season was no fluke
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By Star Editorial Board Tues., March 27, 2018 Las Vegas may be the Paris of gambling, but it’s the Timbuktu of hockey. Could there be a less likely place for hockey to flourish than the desert oasis in Nevada? Which makes it all the more delicious that the city’s rookie NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights, have become the first-ever expansion team to clinch a playoff berth. They did it on Monday by whipping the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, giving them 103 points as of Tuesday (fourth best record in the league). This would be sweet for any team under any circumstances. For a Vegas team, it’s especially meaningful given that the Golden Knights started their first season just days after the city was devastated by the mass shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded. The team’s miracle year coincided with Las Vegas’s efforts to recover from the tragedy. Of course, it isn’t all golden. The city’s bookmakers, irony of … [Read more...] about Vegas Golden Knights have beaten the odds
By Larry Lage The Associated Press Wed., March 14, 2018 DETROIT—The Vegas Golden Knights turned their expansion season into a special one by making a lot of good decisions. Like the addition of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “He makes an expansion team not be an expansion team,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. Read more: Analysis | Kevin McGran: The case for Leafs’ Andersen to win the Hart Trophy over the Vezina Article Continued Below Can Seattle replicate Vegas Golden Knights’ success? Golden Knights’ success is ‘bittersweet’ for Vegas oddsmakers No one outside the organization expected the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights to be this good so fast. With less than a month left in the regular season, they easily have the largest divisional lead and are chasing Nashville for the most points in the Western Conference. The odds are not long that Vegas could hoist the Stanley Cup. “The expectations … [Read more...] about Marc-Andre Fleury one of the keys to Vegas Golden Knights’ startling early success
By Larry Stone The Seattle Times Tues., March 6, 2018 LAS VEGAS—The walk to the rink is lit by neon behemoths such as MGM and the Monte Carlo nearby on the Vegas strip. The pulsating bass inside T-Mobile Arena, which assaults you upon entry and rarely lets up, is felt deep in your diaphragm. The likes of Carrot Top, Lil Jon, Terry Fator and Blue Man Group offer video-taped greetings. In other words, the glitz is a huge part of the show when the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice to a rapturous reception on game night. It’s loud, garish and over-the-top, just as you’d expect in the town where wretched excess is a way of life. But strip away the showmanship at the nexus of Park Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive, and you have something simple, endearing and quite astonishing: a town falling head-over-heels in love with a pro sports team. And not just any town, but THIS town, Sin City, a repository of transients and transplants in the middle of the desert … [Read more...] about Can Seattle replicate Vegas Golden Knights’ success?
LAS VEGAS—A day after the NHL’s biggest surprise team lost a rare home game in front of the biggest crowd of the season, more than 10,000 fans flooded downtown Las Vegas for a Golden Knights fan fest.That’s the kind of impact their record-shattering first half has had in the community.The first-year Golden Knights lead the Western Conference with a record of 29-10-3 (61 points).Their current points percentage (.726) is higher than the midpoint of any expansion team in its inaugural season in the NBA (since 1961-62), MLB (1961) or the NFL/AFL (1960). That includes an incredible 18-2-2 record at T-Mobile Arena.No NHL club in the expansion era (since 1967) has finished its inaugural season with a points percentage of .500 or higher. … [Read more...] about Golden Knights aim to shine as bright in second half