The mini version of the NHL’s super-team proves talent isn’t everything.
It’s similar to the most popular kid in school, the jock that gets all the girls. He gets in a fight and the whole student body of 18,000 students was there to cheer him on. Except, he gets beat up by the little freshman and nerd who no one pays attention to.
At times, the school stud had an unfair advantage and even outnumbered the lowly little smart-mouthed kid. Yet, he still lost.
There was one way and one way only for the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Western Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadians, and it was simple; wait to next year and try to get better than the Montreal Canadians.
The roster of all-stars in Vegas flat out got beat by a team that was not as talented as they were, and it wasn’t even close.
The Habs deserved to win this series and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, and they did.
If there was a bad matchup for VGK in the NHL, it was Montreal.
Game one was exactly what head coach Pete DeBoer wanted and what the fan base expected. But game two and the next four more games, Montreal adjusted, and Vegas was lucky not to be swept in the next four games.
The Golden Knights dug themselves a hole of mistakes, whiffs, soft play, and most importantly, missed opportunities. In fact, probably one of the worst postseason power-play performances in the history of the NHL.
The golden knights have no excuses. There are none. And for them to win the series, it was going to take much more than luck. Montreal needed to have a monumental collapse.
And of course, any hockey fan that watched the series noticed Mark Andre Fleury’s Bill Buckner-esque episode by losing control of the puck that cost the golden knights game three.
The best goalie in the game makes a mistake and causes an overtime loss, arguably the best hockey player in the game in Mark Stone, had completely disappeared from the next five games and that was on the Canadiens
After game 1, the Canadians controlled every single facet of the series. They adjusted to the pressure and completely controlled any movement Vegas attempted.
Montreal was masterful on the ice and controlled the finals five games.
The Habs have outplayed Vegas in every facet of the game. Puck control, face-offs, hits, shots on goal, saves, turnovers, and coaching.
There is only so much print space available to write up that series so far, but the simplicity of what transpired in the last five games is evident to even the novice hockey fan.
Youth, speed, and coaching killed Vegas’ hopes for any Stanley Cup dreams. Montreal’s Nick Suzuki, who they acquired from Lass Vegas, wonderchild Cole Caufield who looks 12 years old, and Tyler Toffoli were outstanding in the finals five games.
You cannot argue that.
Line one and two were virtually non-existent offensively in this series. Team captain Mark Stone even admitted in the clean-out locker conference that his performance was not a good one. Not a good one? It was dreadful!
But there were two MVPs so far in the series and one of them was the atrocious five-game effort by the Golden Knights. Its lackluster play handed the Western Conference championship to Montreal. And most importantly, the real MVP goes to Montreal goalkeeper Corey Price
Did the Knights have the best team in the NHL? Of course they did, but there is only one route they could have taken to get back into that series and win it, and it doesn’t take a hockey scientist to see: hunger.