Vegas bests Winnipeg, advances to Stanley Cup Final
The Vegas Golden Knights continued their spectacular inaugural season Sunday beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, sending Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final. The Golden Knights won the best-of-seven series 4-1.
Ryan Reaves scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, while goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury continued his hot streak in net. Fleury stopped 31 of 32 shots and has given up two or fewer goals in 10 of the Knights’ 12 playoff wins.
Vegas dropped the first game of the series, then won four straight never trailing again. The Golden Knights become the second expansion team since 1960 to reach a championship series in their first season.
The other team was the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues when the NHL consisted of just 12 teams, with eight making the playoffs.
Vegas will now face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Washington Capitals. Tampa leads its best-of-seven series 3-2 heading into Monday’s Game 6.
The Capitals have never won the Cup while Tampa Bay last won the championship in 2004.