There goes the vegas dynasty

5 mins?

In the summer of 1994, the once iconic SI proclaimed the Jordan-less NBA was passe and knighted the NHL playoffs as the new spring fling. That year’s bicoastal final brought a mainstream audience previously unfamiliar with the greatest tournament in sports. Fast forward 25 years, the southwest desert’s newest team was a cup contender in their first year of existence and were poised to repeat as western conference champion: game 7 up 3 – 0 with 10 minutes left on the road, building quiet, opponents dejected, Vegas poised to eliminate San Jose and then a double crosscheck on a faceoff, a little blood, and the entire game changed in an instant. San Jose scores 4 goals in 4 minutes on the 5 minute major power play, Vegas ties it with 40 seconds left, but the Sharks got the final goal with 1:50 left in overtime. The crosscheck that’ll live in infamy…4 minute double minor at its best, nothing a game should turn on, but the refs had another opinion. The infantile Vegas dynasty is officially over.

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