It doesn't matter if his Winnipeg Jets are a young team because they have a leadership group that makes up for the overall inexperience of the roster. Scheifele dominated Game 7 at Nashville in the 5-1 victory as he scored two goals to help send Winnipeg to the conference finals.
The Jets won three games on the road, including Game 7, to advance to the Western Conference final for the first time in the city's National Hockey League history. Speaking of defense, their blueline is rapidly becoming one of the best in the National Hockey League, led by Dustin Byfuglien, who has the ability to take games over all by himself. Since their inception in 1974, the Capitals have faced the Penguins in the playoffs twelve times, losing all but two of those series.
Assistant captain Dustin Byfuglien had four goals and four assists and churned up tough minutes on the blue-line.
But for Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice, something else lingers ahead of two opponents preparing to decide which will move on and which will head home.
The Jets now host Vegas in Game 1 on Saturday night in a conference final nobody could've predicted when this season started. "They're a great mix of responsibility, play hard underneath the puck and they can make some pretty dynamic plays". We'll continue to play with confidence in here.
We'll start with the basics: Winnipeg is the capital of the province of Manitoba.
"And it was like that right through the whole bench". And while Gallant admitted he didn't like some of the calls against his team, or some of what he felt were missed calls, he also said his players brought a lot of it on themselves. Hellebuyck has been good in the playoffs but has shown some weaknesses with a respectable 2.25 goals against average. Of course, they didn't need to be.
"The telling stat for me in this series is we played four games in (Nashville) and never lost in regulation (time)".
"There is no momentum in the playoffs", is the way he put it at one point during the series.
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We had the confidence and the momentum and we finished well . "I'm convinced that Arsenal will be one of the top contenders next year".
Both sides have failed to win consecutive games, and the two powerful home teams during the regular schedule own a middling 2-4 record through six second-round games.
"There's not a lot of things that you can do if a game's not going your way if you can't use your timeout", Laviolette said. Instead of one underdog, the Golden Knights have a team full of of them, all of them with something to prove to the teams that gave up on them.
And why wouldn't they believe anything is possible? His GAA (1.53) and SV% (.951) both rank first among active goalies in the playoffs, but more impressively ranks ninth (post-1980) and second in league history for a single post-season.
And while the enjoyed six days off after eliminating New Jersey in five games, it was Boston that looked sharper after winning an emotional Game 7 at home against Toronto three nights prior.
They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans.
Best of all they have men who lead by example in their locker room.
"It's too bad one of us had to be knocked off here", Wheeler said.
"Some of his best performances are things none of us get to see and really happen inside the dressing room and on the plane and sitting beside the players - just the experience he has", said Cheveldayoff.
Wheeler is nominated for the Mark Messier leadership award this season.
Why The Jets Win Well, how about the fact that they defeated the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners for starters?