Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals. For the second time in their six-year existence, they’re playing for the Cup, and this time, many believe they have what it takes to hoist one of the most prestigious trophies in sport.
The Golden Knights have made a great run in the playoffs and have looked sharp through every round. But coach Bruce Cassidy hasn’t felt the positive vibes after every game.
After the Golden Knights’ loss in Game 5 in the Western Conference Finals, he slammed his team’s performance and even compared it to a team in the NHL that didn’t reach the playoffs, and now, he’s been forced to apologize for it.
After the 4-2 loss against the Dallas Stars in the mentioned game last week, Cassidy was unhappy with how his team handled the puck and the sloppiness they showed.
“We had 24 giveaways,” Cassidy said. “I’m not sure you’re beating the Arizona Coyotes in January with 24 giveaways. That’s no disrespect to Arizona, but it’s not the right way to play.”
The Golden Knights went on to win Game 6 with a whopping 6-0 and clinched a place in the Final, but now, Cassidy has had some time to think about what he said after Game 5, and he issued an apology to Arizona for mentioning them in that context.
“It was disrespectful,” he said on Wednesday. “It was a dumb thing to say about puck management, to bring another team in.”
What’s most funny? Vegas actually lost to the Coyotes in January in a 4-1 game. According to TSN, apparently, Vegas only had two giveaways in that game, so Bruce Cassidy didn’t really have anything to back up his sayings about Arizona.