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A Bandwagon Well Worth the Ride

The date was October 1, 2017.

As a senior hockey writer for RotoWire, I had been eager to start penning post-game wrap notes for the preseason finale between the Golden Knights and Sharks. While it’s often said that exhibition games are meaningless, I was smitten by the idea of an expansion team breaking ground in my happy place. At this point, sports gambling and its associated controversies were largely confined to Vegas, so I had a profound interest in knowing how that would all shake out. Plus, my childhood adoration for the film series “The Mighty Ducks” — which has deeply rooted ties to Anaheim’s NHL franchise — has fostered a personal affinity for expansion teams.

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NHL Caps on the Brink of History

  • Hero to goat. Marc-Andre Fleury used to be a Conn Smythe shoe-in. Now, he’s the reason the Knights are one loss from their season ending. Crazy. He’s still the one and only reason Vegas is playing in the Final.
  • The Golden Knights have no answer for the Caps’ three franchise players — Evgeni Kuznetsov (four helpers), Alexander Ovechkin (one helper) and Nicklas Backstrom (three helpers).

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