How did the Vegas Golden Knights get their name?

Vegas Golden Knights head coach and Summerside native Gerard Gallant looks on from the bench during a 2018-19 National Hockey League game. The Golden Knights will open the Stanley Cup Final series Monday night

But the Golden Knights, who finished fifth in the league during the regular season, just knocked off the No. 2 team in the regular season in Winnipeg, which in the conference semifinals knocked off the No. 1 team in the regular season, Nashville.

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.

After the expansion club defeated the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, experts have been quick to call Vegas the best expansion team ever.

"Everybody on this team has something to prove", said Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves, who scored the winning goal Sunday in his hometown.

Much of the focus has been on Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the high-scoring prowess of forwards Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith, but Vegas can play some serious defense. The Vegas Golden Knights' incredible season continued when they became the third team to reach the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season. "We're going to the Stanley Cup Final, but again, this isn't what we want". You look at the season this team had even before I got here, everybody's stepping up.

"I think the big thing is there's no pressure on us".

"We were never intimidated in any of those series, and we went about our business".

And yet here the Vegas Golden Knights are, four wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup to complete a Cinderella story that no one could have seen coming.

Tampa Bay dropped the first two games of the series at home but then bounced back to win the last three games.

Game 3 Saturday, June 2 in Washington D.C.

Aside from Vegas and St. Louis, the Florida Panthers are the only other National Hockey League franchise to reach the same heights in their first three seasons.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, and they scored at the 19-second mark on a goal by Cedric Paquette at the 19-second mark. At that time I said, 'We're a good hockey team. "So, yeah, we got to work a little bit better for him".

But in their second year, the Panthers went 12-4 and beat the Dallas Cowboys to reach the NFC Championship Game, while the Jaguars built on a 9-7 regular season with a spot in the AFC Championship Game.

The Capitals are minus-130 favorites to beat the Lightning in Game 6, according to OddsShark. In 1995-96 though, they broke through by going 41-31 in the regular season and beating the Boston Bruins, the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in four games.

Washington has not played badly in the three games they have lost.

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