We’re still a rollercoaster ride away from discovering if the Golden Knights were indeed a Stone’s throw from a Stanley Cup, but what is clear is their success story is still hurtling. Short of winning a championship in Year 2, Vegas’ encore season was always going to feel anticlimactic, but if viewed in a silo, their prodigious performance remains unprecedented.
Entering the stretch, the Knights were hovering around .600, double-digits positive in goal differential and among the very best 5-on-5, consistently outshooting and outchancing opponents. By comparison, since Buffalo and Vancouver joined in 1970, no other expansion club has had a winning record or qualified for the playoffs in either of its first two seasons. The critics, who wondered if Vegas caught lightning in a bottle in Yea...
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Jason Kay is the Editor in Chief of The Hockey News and has been with the brand since 1989. No, that's not a typo. Born in England, raised in Toronto, he arrived in his home and adopted land as a baby in 1967, just in time to see the Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup. A stay-at-home defenseman once upon a time, Kay knows his NHL dreams are long dead, but he hasn't given up hope of winning the Brier.