from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
he Golden Knights, ultimately, were the ones to beat themselves.
Their playoff fate didn’t come down to a game in Dallas. It wasn’t about the help they did or didn’t receive. The Knights were eliminated when right wing Michael Amadio’s backhand shootout attempt met goaltender Kevin Lankinen’s right pad Wednesday at United Center, sending them to a 4-3 loss against the Blackhawks.
The dropped point will keep them out of the postseason for the first time in the five-year history of the franchise. Even if Amadio’s aim was true and the Knights rallied to win, Dallas had the Western Conference’s final playoff berth locked up after a 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.
The disappointment leaves the team searching for answers ahead of what could be an eventful offseason. The Knights were the preseason co-Stanley Cup favorites with Colorado. One team is atop the Western Conference standings. The other won’t play past Friday, which is why Wednesday could have ramifications for the Knights for years to come.