from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
Mark Stone was blunt after the Vegas Golden Knights were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals last season, saying it fell on the top players and he'd have to see what went wrong.
So now that he has had a chance to process it, what did go wrong? What did he learn? What will it take for the Golden Knights to take the next step this season, starting with their regular-season opener against the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 12 (10 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVAS)?
"I think there were a lot of things that went through my mind for a month, thinking about it," the Vegas captain said. "I don't think I handled the pressure well. I don't think I … obviously, my game changed because of it. I think there were a lot of guys that felt the same kind of pressure, and we didn't battle adversity as well as we [would've] liked."
The Golden Knights have played four seasons in the NHL and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times, including the semifinal round twice and the Cup Final once. They had the most wins (40) and tied the Colorado Avalanche for the most points (82) last season, losing the Presidents' Trophy due to the regulation-wins tiebreaker (35-30).
That's incredible and still not good enough, because their only goal is the Cup.