Ramblings: Vegas Sweeps Away the Kings, Caps Finally Win in OT, Gulutzan Fired (April 18)

Ian Gooding

2018-04-18

Vegas Sweeps Away the Kings, Caps Finally Win in OT, Gulutzan Fired, plus more…

What more do you need to prove that the Vegas Golden Knights are for real? I’ll admit that I picked the Kings to win this series, albeit in seven games. The Sharks should be a tougher test for the Golden Knights, assuming that they can finish the job against the Ducks. But I’m less likely to pick against Vegas now, as they proved they were a much faster team than the Kings and could also meet their level of toughness. Yes, Vegas is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender that could come out of the West. This bubble may not burst for a while yet.  

Marc-Andre Fleury was a King killer in this short series, allowing just three goals in the entire series. For years the rule for Stanley Cup contenders was that you need great goaltending. Vegas has that covered. If he hadn’t missed two months of the regular season, he might have even been one of the Vezina nominees (more on that later).

So who came up small for the Kings? Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson were all held without a point in this series. Thanks for coming out if your playoff pool included multiple Kings. In spite of superb efforts from Jonathan Quick this series and Anze Kopitar this entire season, the Kings are clearly a team that was built for yesterday's NHL.  

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The Capitals needed that one badly. Lars Eller was credited with the overtime winner at 9:00 of the second overtime period in the Capitals’ 3-2 win over Columb