Connect with us

National News

The Las Vegas Golden Knights Continue to Prove Themselves

Another Cinderella story coming out of the sports world of 2018.

Published

on

The Las Vegas Golden Knights, a first-year expansion hockey team, is making headlines as they swept the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beating the LA Kings in all four games. They were the first team this season to perform a sweep, and potentially the only one if the San Jose Sharks don’t beat the Anaheim Ducks tonight. What makes their dominance even more impressive however is that they are the first expansion team to clinch the playoffs in its inaugural year, and are now only the third NHL, NBA or MLB team to sweep the first series of their first time in the postseason. The last NHL team to do so was the 1970 Pittsburgh Penguins, so it’s been a while since something this spectacular has occurred.

During their four games against the Kings this past week, the Golden Knights won 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 1-0. Though none of these wins were by more than one point, they did have the incredible feat of holding the Kings to only three goals the entire series. That success can be tributed to veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and three-time Stanley Cup winner. The rest of the team, much like Fleury, is made up of undrafted players that other teams didn’t protect last season. Some notable Golden Knights are William Karlsson, a former Columbus Blue Jacket and Brayden McNabb, a former Buffalo Sabre and LA King.

An expansion team with leftover players from other teams isn’t supposed to be good, but the Golden Knights have proved all the doubters, and history, wrong. They sealed the playoffs, won their division, and are now heading to round two where they will be facing either The San Jose Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks and will continue to try and bring this Cinderella story to the Stanley Cup finals.

Ever wished you could start a career covering your favorite sport? Have you spent time wishing you could combine your love of sports with your passion for writing and reporting? CMN’s Sports Journalism course is an experiential learning program designed to give the practical experience you need to get your foot in the door in this ultra-competitive industry. You’ll get useful, direct feedback on your reporting, exposure to experienced sports journalists and influencers, and a great place to build your portfolio. You can get college credit, too. Get all the details on the CMN's Sports Journalism Course here.

Caitlin Wills is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She has written for various websites including The Odyssey Online and The Tempest, and currently writes album reviews for MXDWN. She is also an avid fiction writer and is working on writing a novel. Follow her on Twitter @caitlinjherrera.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government3 days ago

Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Will Run for Senate in 2020

If elected in 2020, Kelly will become fourth-ever American astronaut elected to Congress.

by , The Catholic American University
Government3 weeks ago

Gen Z Alongside Millennials Prefer Socialism Than Capitalism

The kids are all left-wing.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

New Year, New Laws for 2019

New year means new laws.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality1 month ago

Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House

Democrats continued to control the House on Thursday by electing Nancy Pelosi who returned to be the first woman to...

by , Mercy College
Government1 month ago

The House to Approve Legislation of Reopening of the Government

Late Thursday night, the new Democratic House passed bills that would reopen the government without paying for Trump’s border wall....

by , Mercy College
Government1 month ago

Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020

On New Years Eve, Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts, announced that she will become a candidate to enter the 2020...

by , Mercy College
Government2 months ago

Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a Public Option for Generic Drugs

The Massachusetts senator wants to take on big pharma.

by , The Catholic American University
Art2 months ago

Movie Review: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

The Mexican director's latest reflects the modern state of the human experience.

by , The Catholic American University

Top Reads