Roope Hintz is the name on everyone’s lips today, thanks to this sweet, sweet one-timer from the right circle.
The man of the moment described what it was like to win another series at home in overtime. “It’s awesome. I don’t know a better feeling.”
Goalie Mike McKenna, who has been riding a beautifully timed hot streak during this playoffs run, could barely contain his excitement at moving on. Meanwhile, head coach Derek Laxdal praised his team’s toughness and drive. [100 Degree Hockey]
“We’re going to the Finals!” exclaimed McKenna postgame. “I don’t think it could feel any better. We’ve battled all year long and haven’t had anything handed to us.”
Coach Laxdal added, “Our guys have been warriors. If you look at the overtimes, our guys have battled and persevered. We settled down and did what we do well. It was a hell of series. It had the making of going to seven games.”
Four victories to go.
And finally, here’s the 2018 Calder Cup Finals schedule as posted by the AHL:
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What can the Dallas sports world learn from the Vegas success story? Tim Cowlishaw takes a look at what Sin City has done right.
Fun series, or funnest series ever? Game 1 was everything fans expected and more.
With Brad Marchand playing Sir Not Appearing In These Finals, Tom Wilson seems determined to play the goon in his stead. Jonathan Marchessault wants the league to review this hit – how late does it look to you? [ESPN]
Tom Wilson….you can’t do that pic.twitter.com/HF4mORSowc— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 29, 2018
Yes, some fans were there for the Stars connection.
Lil Jon provided pregame entertainment, and Sean Shapiro (with a little assist from Kari Lehtonen) reminds everyone that his hockey fandom goes waaaay back.
It also provided the opportunity to get in a little good-natured ribbing about the general un-Vegas-ness of the league and its announcers.
NHL: "And now for the hipping and hopping performer all the youths have been talking about, Little Jonathan!"— Will Graham (@WillHGraham) May 28, 2018
Vegas’ already-legendary pregame productions are setting a new standard in
weaponized derp flashy showmanship.
Yet hockey fans are quick to identify an opportunity.
NHL 19: ***New Feature***** Create your own NHL pre game show.— Tony X. (@soIoucity) May 29, 2018
Easily confirmed value: A little Michael Buffer makes everything better.
Michael Buffer announcing lineups is an add-on/DLC— Julian McKenzie (@jkamckenzie) May 29, 2018
Meanwhile, the real testament to Vegas’ NHL success is the skyrocketing local interest in the sport.
A girls hockey game this morning at CNA. A year ago only a few girls were even playing in Nevada. Now we have entire teams of young ladies thanks to the existence of the Golden Knights. Awesome to see growth of all youth hockey in SoNV. pic.twitter.com/lyAE350Fpu— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) May 28, 2018
Will lightning strike for Seattle as well? Commissioner Gary Bettman confirms that they’ll enjoy the same rules as Vegas, and the Board of Governors could vote on the expansion as early as this fall.
The NHL plans to keep the same rules for the next expansion draft https://t.co/kv4QvP6MwJ— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) May 29, 2018
The Simpsons did it first. But then, The Simpsons did everything first. Enjoy.