The Vegas Golden Knights have eliminated the Winnipeg Jets and will face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Golden Knights ousted the Jets from the Western Conference Final with a 2-1 Game Five win on Sunday afternoon.
Vegas became just the third team in NHL history to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, joining the 1918 Toronto Arenas and the 1968 St. Louis Blues.
Alex Tuch and Ryan Reaves had goals for the Golden Knights, while Josh Morrissey had the lone Winnipeg goal.
The Jets took the first game of the Western Conference Final, but Vegas recovered and won four straight to wrap up the series in five. The Golden Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the playoffs and took down the San Jose Sharks in six games.
“I just know that this felt really good tonight,” Vegas general manager George McPhee said. “We are in the Stanley Cup Final. It’s pretty nice. I’ve had a chance to be there before and I’d really like to win it this time.”
McPhee’s previous trip to the Final came in 1998 as the general manager of the Capitals, who could still be his opponent this time around. On that trip, his club was swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
On this trip, however, it looks like the Golden Knights could really have something.
Vegas is 10-1 in the post-season when scoring first and has looked dominant in all game situations. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been impossibly good. He made 31 saves on Sunday for the series-clinching win and has four shutouts in these playoffs.
The Jets were formidable foes at times, but they could never maintain momentum. They coughed up a Vegas goal within a minute and a half of a Winnipeg goal in each of the first four games of the Western Conference Final. The Jets also struggled to win at home after a great start. They were 5-4 in the post-season.
The feelgood story continues for the Golden Knights, who really do look like the team to beat. The Lightning are ahead of the Capitals three games to two in the Eastern Conference Final and could finish things up Monday with a Game Six victory.