Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7

Jets land in NHL West finals

Jets-themed merchandise is flying off local shelves, downtown offices are filled with workers wearing Jets jerseys and organizers are having to cap attendance at street parties on game nights. Hockey heads might remember St. Louis made the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 1968, the year the NHL expanded from the Original Six to 12 teams.

"The coffee tastes great this morning", Wheeler said at a Friday afternoon press conference. Those numbers are off the charts good, and Fleury will have to play at that pace or close to that if the Cinderella Knights continue playing this post season.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets have both had an improbable run to the Western Conference Finals.

"It was maybe a little bit of a shock, but I'm proud of our team, our organization, the way they did things here", he told a media scrum.

Imagine where you were before the season started.

Sophomore sniper Patrik Laine was glad he wasn't on his way to Finland. They're a truly remarkable team to watch, given that their speed on all four forward lines makes them a threat to score at all times.

Alex Tuch, who turned 22 on Thursday, has four goals and three assists as the sole postseason rookie for the Golden Knights. Scheifele leads all players still in the playoffs in both goals and points and with Paul Stastny proving every bit worth what the Jets gave up for him at the trade deadline, they have a very risky 1-2 punch.

Dealt a crushing blow in Game 6 - a 4-0 shutout on home ice with a crowd that was ready to explode leaving in disappointment - the Jets bounced right back for Game 7 and played their best hockey of the series. Instead of the team that looked crisp with every pass, and sharp with every shot on goal, the Golden Knights were undisciplined and sloppy through the first 40 minutes.

The Jets have some of the best scoring depth of any team in the National Hockey League, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine.

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The players deserve a lot of the credit, but Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and his staff should be right there with them as their moves were catalysts in the Game 7 victory.

The Jets did not order a thorough investigation on what happened to the loss of their home ice supremacy during the second-round series with the Nashville Predators. All the tickets for Saturday were snapped up.

Vrana and Djoos were expected to appear in Game 1 at Tampa Bay, perhaps joined by forwards Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd, who skated together on the third line at practice Wednesday.

"He is from Montreal; his entire family and we are complete Golden Knights fans now", said Jennifer Lacroix, the manager at Brooksy's.

Wheeler isn't buying that label. "They said that I'm a traitor", she says. "They came out fast, they came hard and it was tough to weather that storm early on".

Paul Maurice has been saying it all season long.

Mark Scheifele also scored twice, including one into an empty net, while Tyler Myers had the other goal for Winnipeg.

"The telling stat for me in this series is we played four games in (Nashville) and never lost in regulation". Vegas did take two of three in this series during the regular season, so they do have confidence against this team and Marc-Andre Fleury is hot, while the Jets have scored just one goal in their last two games here at home combined.

"They play a simple game, as quickly as they can, and they have the skill level to do it". So to come here, he's taken our team, I think you've seen what he's done. "I didn't get a whole lot of minutes at the beginning, but even if I get eight minutes, I still go out there and do my best and try to make those eight minutes count".

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