The Evolution of Mark Stone in Vegas


Mark Stone single-handily, lifts the Vegas Golden Knights to a crucial 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, making it a 2-1 series lead. Stone’s hat trick performance on Sunday Night, at T-Mobile Arena, proved that the trade for him has certainly worked dividends.

Bang! Just like that, 15 seconds into the game, Mark Stone scores.

T-Mobile Arena erupts, and the home team grabbed momentum ever since.

This was a physical game from the start, as the Knights-Sharks had brawled several times. Big hits, legal and not so legal checks, followed by the playoff hunger – this was fun to watch.

The story of this game, however, was not the physicality. It was about Mark Stone.

Stone was on fire with 3 goals, 5 points, and his presence overall, just simply dominated the game. Right now, if he plays like this, Vegas will have a good chance in these playoffs.

The Golden Knights will have to continue with these hot starts, for their quick goal onslaughts give them confidence in their play. When this team is confident, they can go far.

Playoff hockey is among us, and this is a start of one of the many great series in NHL right now.

WATCH:Mark Stone’s hat trick fueled the Golden Knights’ 6-3 win in Game 3 vs. Sharks; Vegas leads series 2-1.

2018 Stanley Cup Finals: From tragedy to triumph, a Las Vegas Story 


The Golden Knights’ journey to the Stanley Cup Finals will be known as one the top Cinderella stories in all of sports, standing just four wins away from squashing the virtually impossible, 500-1 odds to win it all.

The Golden Knights have been fighting odds all season long, even before they stepped on the ice. Vegas’ first season with professional hockey was expected to be anything, but successful, for they were predicted to
be one of the worst the teams in the league.

Look at them now – the Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Golden Knights’ incredible path to the Finals is something that has truly inspired Vegas. The aftershock of the Las Vegas music festival shooting last year was felt throughout the entire nation, giving the home town not much to hope for, until now.

Vegas’ unexpected success in the NHL, being a real underdog, really helped cast away some of the gloom after the catastrophe. The city of bright lights, is certainly shining bright again, but now is flashing “Stanley Cup Born.”

Their first playoff win at T-Mobile Arena looked like a scene out of a movie, seeing thousands of white towels being waved in unison and signs saying “Vegas Strong.” It was a powerful message that was felt throughout
the entire arena and the city of Las Vegas.

The Stanley Cup Finals will also preview another new face, for the Washington Capitals, are also making their first appearance in the championship.

The Capitals’ leader of the team, Alex Ovechkin, is one of the premier players in the league and he certainly will be the priority for the Golden Knights. Ovechkin has been having an incredible season, but so have these Golden Knights.

Vegas, in their inaugural season, has been one of the best teams in the entire NHL playing like a true team. They have swept the Los Angeles Kings, defeated a tough San Jose Sharks team, and the Winnipeg Jets on their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Winning twice as many games as expected, 51 wins, also is certainly something that must be celebrated for this new team. The 2018 Stanley Cup Finals will certainly be one to remember.

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Golden Knights vs. Jets: Johnathan Marchessault silences Winnipeg in Game 2 win 


After getting off to a rocky start to the Western Conference Final, Johnathan Marchessault redeemed himself with a stellar Game 2 performance.

Marchessault was the best player on the ice Monday night, he scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a Game 1 loss to take a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Noting that there was lack of aggression in the opener, The Golden Knights forward turned in on quickly, following up Thomas Tartar’s ice-breaking goal with one of his own, capitalizing a Jets turnover to make it 2-0 in the first period. There’s more, though, as Marchessault quieted a Winnipeg crowd that looked alive after Kyle Connor’s third period goal with his second of the night just over a minute and a half later.

Marchessault had his footprints all over Game 2; ending up with 8 shots on goal, combining with William Karlsson and Reily Smith for five points in the win. He has just been on fire these playoffs – scoring 6 goals
and having over 9 assists.

“Definitely satisfied with our effort tonight,” Marchessault said at the post-game press conference, “every time we need a big game by our group, we show up.”

Vegas has yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason, showing the league that they are a resilient team.

These Golden Knights are having a season to remember, winning twice as many games as critics projected (51-24), reminding everyone that they belong in the NHL, and that their not just any other expansion team. Vegas keeps shattering expectations and looks to continue their historic playoff run, now that momentum is level with the series tied 1-1.

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