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Best Moments Bracket Round 1 Results & Round 2 Voting

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The first round of the Best Moments Bracket is finished and the votes have been tallied! Click the button to vote in Round 2 or read about the results and get a preview of Round 2 below!

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In the City National Arena Conference, all of the higher seeds edged the lower seeds. Deryk Engelland's opening-night speech earned 89% of the votes to top the first shutout in Golden Knights history from Oscar Dansk which had 11% of the votes. Engelland's speech will meet Vegas' first round series sweep over the Kings which beat Marc-Andre Fleury's 400th win by a count of 83% to 17%. William Karlsson's through-the-legs goal vs. San Jose breezed past the Golden Knights all-star game representatives in a 86% to 14% count. That goal faces the Pacific Division crown, which beat Erik Haula's double overtime goal 56% to 44%, in the second round.

The Western Conference Championship win knocked out Vegas' 8-1 start to the season with a 89% to 11% victory in the T Mobile Arena conference. Karlsson's first hat trick as a Golden Knight will meet the Western Conference Championship moment in the second round after defeating Tomas Nosek's home-opening goal, 69% to 31%. Karlsson was responsible for an upset in the first round as his No. 6 seed overtime winner in Game Three of the second round vs. San Jose knocked off No. 3 seed Shea Theodore and his buzzer-beating goal against Tampa Bay in a 54% to 46% contest. Finally, Vegas' first goal in franchise history off the stick of James Neal earned 62% of the votes to top Fleury's return to Pittsburgh with 38% of the votes.

Read about the match-ups for Round 2 below!

City National Arena Conference

No. 1 Engelland's Speech vs. No. 4 Playoff Series Sweep Over LAK
Prior to the opening faceoff of the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural home opener, Deryk Engelland expressed his gratitude to the first responders of the October 1 tragedy. Engelland called Vegas home long before being selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 Expansion Draft. His overarching message to the Vegas faithful: "We are Vegas Strong."

Upon receiving a No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for winning the Pacific Division, the Golden Knights drew the wild-card Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. The Kings, who won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, entered as the more battle-tested team. But that didn't shake the Golden Knights who rattled off four straight one-goal victories to complete the sweep. Fleury shut the Kings out in game one and game four as Vegas became the first NHL team to win each of its first four playoff games in an inaugural season.

No. 3 Pacific Division Champions vs. No. 2 Karlsson Between the Legs Goal
Thanks to Karlsson's show-stopping through-the-legs goal, the Golden Knights topped the Sharks, 3-2, and clinched the Pacific Division title in their first season in the NHL. With a record of 51-24-7 and 109 points, the Golden Knights became the first expansion team in any major sport to win its division in its very first season. They had an eight-point cushion over the second-place Anaheim Ducks at the end of the season.

With 11:25 remaining in a 2-2 game against San Jose, William Karlsson poked the puck past Brent Burns at the blueline during a penalty kill. On a clear-cut breakaway, Karlsson skated in from the left side and held the puck in front of his body. When Martin Jones reached out with a poke-check, Karlsson put his stick between his legs and elevated the puck over a sprawled Jones and into the top left corner. The shorthanded goal stood as the game-winner and will long be remembered by Golden Knights fans.

T Mobile Arena Conference

No. 1 Western Conference Champions vs. No. 4 Karlsson First VGK Hat Trick
On May 20, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, in Game Five of the Western Conference Final to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. Deryk Engelland claimed the Clarence Campbell Bowl on behalf of the Golden Knights to signify the first conference championship in franchise history. Ryan Reaves netted the game-winning goal in the second period against his hometown Jets to propel the Golden Knights to the Western Conference title.

On Dec. 31, William Karlsson had a night for the ages as he registered the first hat trick in team history. Early in the first period, he cashed in on a Reilly Smith pass to put Vegas up, 2-0. Midway through the second period, he buried a Jonathan Marchessault net-front pass to make it 4-1 Vegas. With the goalie pulled, Karlsson completed the hat trick with a diving swipe at the puck during a foot-race with Morgan Reilly. He chipped the puck through the air and into the empty net to trigger the first shower of hats in Golden Knights history.

No. 6 Karlsson's OT Goal vs. No. 2 First VGK Goal By Neal

Coming off the first playoff loss in franchise history, the Golden Knights went to overtime for the second straight game against the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the playoffs. At 8:17 of the first overtime, James Neal set up William Karlsson to burst down the right wing with plenty of open space to work with. Before Brent Burns could get into position, Wild Bill snapped a wrist shot over the blocker of Martin Jones and under the cross bar to lift Vegas to victory in game three.

At 10:27 of the third period in the first game in Vegas Golden Knights history, James Neal recorded the first goal in team history. After a two-on-one bid for Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault was denied, Vegas drew a penalty and pulled Fleury for the extra skater before Dallas could touch the puck. Neal flew onto the ice, took a soft pass from Nate Schmidt, and ripped a wrist shot through traffic that got by Kari Lehtonen. Neal would score later in the game to seal Vegas's first ever victory.

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