It was only two days, but it seemed a lot longer for Golden Knights fans, as the team returned to the ice at City National Arena Friday. It was the team's first practice since sweeping the Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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VGK still has a long break ahead before its series with San Jose Sharks will start in the second round. Both teams secured early spots in the Western Conference Semifinals after sweeping its respective first-round matchups. Las Vegas holds home-ice advantage, with the better regular season record and the Pacific Division Title.
When asked about what the players did with their time off, most said they used it to rest, watch movies and relax at home. William Karlsson says he completely forgot about hockey for the 48 hours.
"These two days I've been kind of been shutting it off, just be with my friends and stuff, try not to think about hockey," he says.
Now it's back to hockey, and back to the chase for a Stanley Cup Title. The Knights and Sharks played four times in the regular season, with Vegas remain unbeaten with a 3-0-1 record. The second round schedule for the series will be released once all the opening round matchups have been completed.