During their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, the Golden Knights closed out each of the three series they won as the visiting team.
Not only did Vegas advance away from T-Mobile Arena three times last season, but a series-clinching scenario never presented itself to the Golden Knights on home ice. Vegas has that opportunity Sunday in Game 6 against San Jose.
"We don't think a whole lot about last year, we're moving forward," said Head Coach Gerard Gallant. "It'd be nice to win Game 6 and win our first series in our home building. We're just trying to win a hockey game."
Video: Practice: 4/20 - Coach Gallant
The Golden Knights won both games played in Vegas during their first round series with San Jose by counts of 6-3 and 5-0. While both of those scores imply dominant effort, defenseman Nate Schmidt still believes the team can reach a level that it hasn't show yet through five games.
"It's not easy to close someone out at this point of the season," Schmidt said. "It's the hardest game to win. Good teams are able to close it out at home and I believe we're a good team."
Video: Practice: 4/20 - Schmidt
Forward Alex Tuch, who is one of 11 players from last year's squad to have played all 20 playoff games last season, said it would be extra special to win the series on home ice because the fans deserve it.
"Not only do we want to close the series out to advance, we want to close it out for our fans," Tuch said. "They've been bringing the energy and passion the entire season."