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Dead Letters: Golden Knights Edition Dead Letters: Golden Knights Edition

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Holy Crap, The Golden Knights Holy Crap, The Golden Knights

“We’ll be pretty good in three years and we’ll make a run in five or six,” predicted Golden Knights owner Bill Foley back in August. “This team isn’t going to have more than a dozen regulation wins,” predicted some dummy. This was, to put it as plainly as I can—and it’s a sentiment that wouldn’t have found and won’t…

All Hail Sir Jonathan Marchessault All Hail Sir Jonathan Marchessault

According to the numbers, home ice in the NHL isn’t that big a deal, and I’m never been one to argue with hard data. However, playing in the desert does seem to mean something to the Vegas Golden Knights, who beat the Jets 4-2 Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Knights, who were …

Dustin Byfuglien Pulls Down Two Knights At Once

Winnipeg strongman Dustin Byfuglien won’t stop asserting his dominance against lesser men, as the Vegas Golden Knights learned once more in Game 3 of their series tonight. In a big testy scrap near the end of the second period, Byfuglien grabbed hold of both Tomas Nosek and Colin Miller—who are listed at 210 and 196…

Here's Another Hilariously Epic Vegas Pregame Show

The Vegas Golden Knights have made a habit out of spectacularly over-the-top performances to kick off playoff games, and their home opener in the Western Conference Finals might have been their best yet. The Game 3 pregame party had everything: a drumline, an archer, a swordfight, a flying dude with a Winnipeg flag,…

My Favorite Subplot Of Winnipeg-Vegas Is People Trying To Hit Dustin Byfuglien And Getting Demolished My Favorite Subplot Of Winnipeg-Vegas Is People Trying To Hit Dustin Byfuglien And Getting Demolished

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is a big boy. Listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, I would call him an immovable object if not for the fact that he’s usually moving toward you. And it’s gonna go badly for you.

The Golden Knights Found Success With A Slowdown The Golden Knights Found Success With A Slowdown

The Golden Knights chalked up their Game 1 loss to effort. “They outworked us,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “We have to compete harder. We got to battle harder.” It’s the sort of thing a coach says all the time, but it’s also just about the only thing a team can try to change when they’re up against the most talented…

Everything Went Right For The Golden Knights Everything Went Right For The Golden Knights

After dispatching the Golden Knights with a three-goal barrage in the first-period of Game 1, the Winnipeg Jets found Vegas to be a much tougher opponent in their second series meeting, and couldn’t get anywhere near a repeat performance. The Knights rode a pair of first period goals and a brilliant bounce-back…

How The Golden Knights Got So Good How The Golden Knights Got So Good

You could see it from the 300 level. Watching the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks 5-4 in Chicago on Jan. 5 cemented two things in my mind about this NHL season. First, the Blackhawks were done, having been made to look exceedingly old and slow again. Second, the Golden Knights were very much for real. And fast…

Marc-Andre Fleury Is Playing The Hockey Of His Life Marc-Andre Fleury Is Playing The Hockey Of His Life

Marc-Andre Fleury was the face of the Golden Knights long before the Golden Knights had any faces. The two worst-kept secrets in hockey were that 1)the Penguins were prepared to hitch their wagon to the decade-younger Matt Murray and would not protect Fleury in the upcoming expansion draft, and 2)Vegas would select…

The Golden Knights Won A Game Of Inches The Golden Knights Won A Game Of Inches

Series can hinge on the slimmest of margins, but rarely can you see those margins so starkly as in Monday’s Game 3. It is no overstatement to say that the Golden Knights are up 2-1 in their series with the Sharks because of an inch here, an inch there.

What If The Golden Knights Just Never Lose? What If The Golden Knights Just Never Lose?

How are things going for the Vegas Golden Knights? Marc-Andre Fleury is doing the wave:

The Goddamn Golden Knights Just Swept The Kings The Goddamn Golden Knights Just Swept The Kings

Marc-André Fleury is dominating the NHL playoffs again, and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are cruising to the second round for the first time ever in their first opportunity ever. Vegas beat the Kings 1-0 Tuesday night to sweep their opening round opponents, and they’re the first team to get a playoff sweep in…

The Golden Knights Won't Be Pushed Around The Golden Knights Won't Be Pushed Around

Game 3 was going to be nasty, and the Golden Knights knew it. With the Kings down 2-0 and the series leaving Vegas, where the Knights have been so good at home (the “Vegas Flu” is real, but so is their home-crowd advantage), Los Angeles was going to come out pesty and physical, finishing their checks, talking a ton of…

This Is What Playoff Hockey In Vegas Looks Like

The Vegas Golden Knights, the expansion NHL team that somehow won its division, were the best story in hockey this year.

William Karlsson's Shorthanded, Between-The-Legs Goal Is One Of The Year's Best

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to make fools of us here at Deadspin, but it was Martin Jones who was on the losing end of the April Fools’ joke tonight as William Karlsson made an unassisted, shorthanded, between-the-legs goal to put the Sin City shockers up 3-2 on San Jose. Seriously, look at this shit:

The Golden Knights Made Me Look Stupid The Golden Knights Made Me Look Stupid

In every life, a little shit must be eaten. Especially by sportswriters who think they know anything. Back in June, after the expansion draft, I encouraged everyone to look at the Vegas Golden Knights’ projected roster and wrote,

So Uh Marc-Andre Fleury Could Be Out A While So Uh Marc-Andre Fleury Could Be Out A While

This sounds potentially very not good for Marc-Andre Fleury and his Pacific-leading Vegas Golden Knights. The goaltender took a shot to the mask in the first period of Tuesday’s game, and did not return after intermission. And now head coach Gerard Gallant says Fleury is not traveling with the team, while Vegas has…

Marc-Andre Fleury's Return To Pittsburgh Was A Big Lovefest  Marc-Andre Fleury's Return To Pittsburgh Was A Big Lovefest 

After 13 seasons and three Stanley Cups with the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury is now minding net for the West-leading Golden Knights. Tuesday was Fleury’s return to Pittsburgh for the first time since departing about as amicably as these things go, and it was an emotional night for everyone.

Vegas's Magical Season Isn't Slowing Down

Here is a post-all-star-break sentence that absolutely nobody in hockey could have predicted at the start of the year: with their 4-2 win last night against the Calgary Flames, the Vegas Golden Knights added two more points to the best record in the Western Conference. We’re far enough into the season now that this…

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