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Golden Knights disappointed but optimistic following Cup Final loss

Changes expected; hope to keep identity, chemistry intact

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee couldn't have put it any better, adeptly describing the vacant feeling of losing in the Stanley Cup Final, coupled with the sense of accomplishment in their inaugural season.

McPhee was proud of his team, and rightly so. But he said the 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday left them running the gamut of emotions.

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Carlson's future with Capitals unknown after Stanley Cup victory

Pending free agent sets Washington record for playoff points by defenseman

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- On a night when the Washington Capitals were basking in the glow of the present -- their Stanley Cup championship -- Devante Smith-Pelly nudged proceedings slightly into the future.

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Karlsson 'ready to go' for Golden Knights in Game 5

Forward in lineup against Capitals, who seek to close out Stanley Cup Final

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- William Karlsson will be in the lineup for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The Golden Knights forward took part in the optional morning skate on Thursday morning. He was not on the ice Wednesday, raising questions about his availability for Game 5.

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Golden Knights coach says 'pressure is off us' in Stanley Cup Final

On brink of losing series entering Game 5 against Capitals

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Gerard Gallant's message sounded a lot like his words from about eight months ago, before the Vegas Golden Knights played their first game.

"The pressure is off us now," the coach said on a conference call Tuesday. "We're going to go out and play and work hard and go have some fun. So we'll see what happens."

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Fleury, Holtby praise Golden Knights goaltending coach in Cup Final

Prior, formerly of Capitals, has 'different approach'

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- David Prior could tell that Marc-Andre Fleury was getting frustrated when Prior was nudging the Vegas Golden Knights goaltender out of his comfort zone during a series of drills earlier this season.

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Holtby save draws raves from Capitals after Game 2 win vs. Golden Knights

'Unbelievable' play late in third helps Washington even series

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle said it might have been the save of a lifetime.

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin called it unbelievable.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz credited the hockey gods.

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Reaves playing key role for Golden Knights in Cup Final after rough start

Took costly penalties after trade from Penguins, apologized to coach

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- First impressions count for something on a new job.

That's why Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves went out of his way to apologize to coach Gerard Gallant after taking two minor penalties in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 27, four days and two games after they acquired him in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Holtby struggles with 'rust' in Capitals ' Game 1 loss to Golden Knights

Goaltender says layoff factors into Stanley Cup Final performance

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS - One of Braden Holtby's many strengths throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been his ability to quickly bounce back from adversity.

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Perron hopes to celebrate birthday with Golden Knights win in Game 1

Vegas forward turned 30, will look to continue playoffs success in Stanley Cup Final against Capitals

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- David Perron is finally playing a meaningful game on his birthday: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's pretty exciting," the Vegas Golden Knights forward who turned 30 on Monday said. "You don't have that too often. Mostly, the big 30, and (we) really didn't know what was going to happen this year for this team. It's extremely exciting to be here tonight."

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McPhee, MacLellan have Golden Knights, Capitals in Stanley Cup Final

General managers played junior, college hockey together, were co-workers in Washington

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- No matter which way Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee turns, there are memories of his NHL past.

Now as the Golden Knights continue on this improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final, there is an obvious question.

How strange is it to be facing Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan in the Cup Final, someone he has known for more than 40 years, going back to their days as junior hockey players in Guelph, Ontario?

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