NHL Stanley Cup: Vegas Golden Knights close to beating 500-1 odds

Virginia Santiago
May 28, 2018

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury blocks a shot during an NHL hockey practice, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Miracle on Ice, only if the Team USA had to play the Russians roughly 100 times instead of just once, and still kept pulling off upsets all along the way while everyone stood around trying to figure out how it was happening.

"That created possibilities that we may not have anticipated early on because people either had expansion stress, too many players, and not being able to protect them all, or account stress, they had money issues", McPhee said.

"First time we played them we were on the back-to-back right before Christmas, we were only here for 19 hours with the turnover from Phoenix", said goalie Braden Holtby.

Vegas has a 12-3 record up in the playoffs, while Washington has a 12-7 record.

Washington Capitals, 4-0.

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Indeed, a first-time NHL champ will be crowned next month after a Final between two teams that arrived at hockey's ultimate destination from very different directions.

In Las Vegas, sportsbooks will take an estimated cumulative loss of $5 million to $7 million if the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

He knows the ins and outs of both teams, and has studied all the matchups and trends that will determine the outcome.

Vegas is 8-1 in its last nine games at home.

He had 46 goals in 97 career playoff games before adding 12 more on this current playoff run, but despite an experienced roster and plenty of blame to go around, the finger pointing from the outside was often exclusively aimed at Ovechkin.

The seven-time Richard Trophy victor has 607 of them in 1,003 career regular-season games to sit 19th all-time. Fleury won three Cups with Pittsburgh, and he is aiming for his third straight ring.

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Capitals: Alex Ovechkin has a career-high 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists in the postseason after leading the National Hockey League with 49 goals during the regular season. Our goal was that they be playing meaningful games in March and April, and if they were lucky, they might make the playoffs.

The affable 33-year-old, who was cast aside in favor of a younger model because of the circumstances of the expansion draft last summer, landed on his feet to such a degree he has a chance to finish the three-peat his old teammates could not complete. "I have an away white, so looking forward to that". "The guys in front of me have been great".

Holtby's regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA, .907 save percentage) are a career worst. "You can always look back and be like, "Oh it wasn't the right one" or 'It was the right one.' But at the time it was the moves that he felt needed to be done to win a Stanley Cup that year because we had a team to do it for a lot of years". Holtby will take a shutout streak of almost 160 minutes into Monday.

McPhee went two years between his job as Capitals GM and his new one when new owner Bill Foley hired him for the dream job of his life as GM running the as-yet-named Vegas expansion team.

But while the players in Washington's dressing room aware of Vegas' unprecedented run, they aren't interested in adopting a "villain" persona. He more than doubled his previous career high in points, with 36, and Schmidt's fleet feet seldom put him in a position to take penalties. The head coach is Gerard Gallant of Summerside, and assistant coach Mike Kelly is from Shamrock.

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