Vegas Golden Knights Win 4th Straight, Cap Series
The second round of the NHL Western Conference Playoffs was to have a different outcome as predicted by many. Those being Avs fans. Well, the Las Vegas Golden Knights who came into the league as a rough-talented squad have once again proved many wrong.
The Knights are going to the semifinals for the third time in four years -- not bad for a team that has been around for only four years. Vegas knocked out the Colorado Avalanche with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Thursday, its fourth straight win to pull off the series comeback.
After losing the first two games of the series, including a 7-1 rout in Game 1, Vegas reeled off four straight wins. In doing so, the Golden Knights handed the Avs their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Colorado, which edged out Vegas for the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team, has lost in the second round for three straight years.
In the pivotal Game 6, Vegas had six goal scorers, including defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who broke a tie late in the second period for his first goal of the postseason. Pietrangelo had taken a team-high 45 shots during the postseason before he finally got one past Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer. DeBoer called Pietrangelo "the best player in the series, on either team."
Vegas faces the Montreal Canadiens Monday, June 14 in the semifinals, marking the first time this season a United States-based team will play a team in Canada.