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Because of last night
The Golden Knights were put to flight Game 1, 6-1, then lost too Game 2 this series. “I don’t think there was a person in the hockey world when we lost 2-0 who thought we’d end this Game 6 At home tonight, “said Vegas coach Pete DeBoer.” That was real. There’s a lot of talk about getting swept up, about being embarrassed, could we even win a game? We have a group with a lot of pride. They cut out the noise and went to work. “
They did that. Vegas has resumed its underdog mentality and used another full house in the T-Mobile Arena. (DeBoer also praised the home crowd as a catalyst for the series’ comeback.) The pace of this game was relentless and it was definitely not a goalkeeper duel. However, Marc-Andre Fleury rose in the third third and stopped 11 shots. Vegas had six different goalscorers who embody the team’s next-man-up mentality. After Colorado scored 10 goals in 62 shots in the first two games of the series, Colorado’s offense dried up, scoring just eight goals in 101 shots on goal in their last four games. For the third time in a row, Colorado was eliminated in the second round.
The semi-final series between Vegas and Montreal will feature some juicy storylines. For starters, it’s the first time a Canadian team meets an American team this NHL season – we’re finally seeing some new opponents. As Fleury nears the end of his Hall of Fame career, he has the chance to win a series against the team from his home province of Quebec. And he will duel against one of his great contemporaries, Carey Prize.
Perhaps the juiciest subplot: Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty meets the team he was captain for three years. Pacioretty traded in 2018, and the main player who came to Montreal was a potential customer at the time Nick Suzukiwho is an emerging center for Canadians today.
Though Vegas has only been in the league for four years, the Golden Knights are getting impatient for a Stanley Cup. Montreal is Canada’s last hope this year of overcoming the country’s drought (the Habs were the last Canadian team to win in 1993). Buckle up; this should be fun! Complete summary
Three stars of the night
The previous one St. Louis Blues Captain scored his first postseason goal, which eventually came after he was the team’s scorer leader (he’s now at 45). Kudos from his coach: “I thought he was the best player in the series on both teams.”
The Golden Knights have a history of role-playing players rising up, and Kolesar is the latest to do so in a big moment.
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 11, 2021
Carrier, a founding member of the Golden Knights, also scored his first goal of the postseason – a huge goal in the third period that put Vegas in the lead with 8:14 remaining with two goals.
Carrier is one of four Quebec-born players in the Knights roster (along with Fleury, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Roy) which means the next round against Montreal will be a treat. “It’s going to be tough for the family,” said Carrier. “I think it’s shared back there.”
quote of the Day
“I’m going into my ninth year next year and haven’t won yet. I’m definitely motivated. It just sucks.”
– Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon
Statistics of the day
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2021 Avalanche is the third team in NHL history to start a postseason with at least six straight wins and then lose the next four, joining the 1999 Red Wings and the 1969 Blues. They will be the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to do so.