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Golden Knights' trip to Stanley Cup Final helps healing process

Storybook season that started with tragedy is four wins from championship

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WINNIPEG -- They talked about it ahead of time, just in case. The Vegas Golden Knights didn't have a captain. They were the epitome of a team. So if they defeated the Winnipeg Jets and won the Western Conference, who would accept the Clarence Campbell Bowl?

It had to be defenseman Deryk Engelland, because this storybook season has been about more than becoming the greatest expansion team of all-time, more than establishing the NHL in a new market and more than giving Las Vegas its first major league sports team.

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Golden Knights timeline for success exceeded all expectations

Reach Stanley Cup Final in inaugural season, set several NHL records for first-year team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

CALGARY -- The Vegas Golden Knights exceed expectations by their very existence.

Businessman Bill Foley was motoring his pontoon boat around Whitefish Lake in Montana in August 2013 when he spotted his friend and neighbor Murray Craven. Foley had come back from a meeting about the possibility of putting an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas; Craven had played 1,071 games in the League from 1982-99.

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Golden Knights move closer to Cup Final, but focused on next game

Won't look past Jets after taking 3-1 lead in Western Conference Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The story of the 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights comes down to one thing above all else: seizing the opportunity. From the executives to the coaches to the players, they were let go elsewhere, got another chance here and jelled into the greatest expansion team of all time.

Now they have another opportunity, the ultimate opportunity.

They can win the Stanley Cup.

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Fleury keeping things loose for Golden Knights in Western Final

Goalie having fun, staying calm against Jets

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- It was Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, and here was Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury tickling the ear of Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler in a scrum and diving across the crease to stop center Mark Scheifele.

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Golden Knights continue to entertain in Game 3 against Jets

Fleury among stars of show that has expansion Vegas two wins from Stanley Cup Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Are you not entertained?

The Vegas Golden Knights are two wins from the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. If that isn't crazy enough, witness the 4-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets that gave them a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final on Wednesday.

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Perron could return for Golden Knights against Jets in Game 3

Forward missed previous game with illness; backup Subban day to day

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- David Perron will be a game-time decision for the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The 29-year-old forward missed Game 2 of the best-of-7 series that is tied 1-1 but skated on the left wing on the second line Wednesday. He said he had an illness, not an injury.

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Schmidt doing it all for Golden Knights against Jets in Western Final

Defenseman provides lift on, off ice for Vegas heading into Game 3

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Before each Vegas Golden Knights game at T-Mobile Arena, players count down to the show on the scoreboard screen. Nate Schmidt, their most colorful personality and top defenseman, goes last. Arms out, eyes bulging, he lets everyone know that …

"It's Knight Time!"

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Golden Knights fired up for homecoming in Game 3 against Jets

Engelland says Vegas ready to feed off crowd energy in Western Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights will experience another first in their record-breaking inaugural season Wednesday.

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Golden Knights prove doubters wrong in Game 2 win against Jets

Vegas gets contributions up and down lineup to even Western Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WINNIPEG -- Jonathan Marchessault and the Vegas Golden Knights have had something to prove all season. Why would this be different?

Should anyone be surprised Marchessault scored twice and the Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 at Bell MTS Place on Monday, after he said we would see what kind of team they were and it was a must-win game?

Should anyone be shocked the Western Conference Final is tied 1-1 as the best-of-7 series shifts to Las Vegas for Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSN)?

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Eakin's Winnipeg roots make West Final with Golden Knights more special

Center 'loving it' when Jets fans get loud

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WINNIPEG -- This quote is from Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin about skating at Bell MTS Place in his hometown of Winnipeg: "This is the best thing ever. It's unreal. So many fans. It's so loud. It's crazy."

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