Golden Knights fans had to sit through a nervy first period before Jonathan Marchessault gave Vegas the lead six minutes, 33 seconds into the second period. Nate Schmidt added a second before Cody Eakin eliminated any doubt with his third-period tally.
Naturally, many reacted to Vegas' rapid rise in its inaugural campaign:
ESPN The Magazine's Emily Kaplan spoke to winger Ryan Reaves about what has clicked so well for the Knights to help them exceed expectations in 2017-18. Reaves discussed how the players have fostered an "us against the world" mentality.
"The whole roster is full of guys whose teams said 'We don't want you' or 'We want other players more,'" he said. "It's a bunch of guys who are hungry. And they all can play."
Winning a Stanley Cup—or simply reaching the Stanley Cup Final—would be one way for the Vegas squad to gain a measure of revenge against any general managers who discounted the players' abilities.