Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Marc-Andre Fleury was his usual brilliant self with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the postseason and Vegas benefited from a couple of fortunate bounces to advance to the Western Conference Final with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.“It’s a bit crazy thinking about it for sure,” defenseman Brayden McNabb said. “But we’re here to win. We’re not going to get caught up in we shouldn’t be here or whatever. We’re here to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Golden Knights have done that all season despite being thrown together at the expansion draft last June among players deemed expendable by their former teams. They won eight of nine games to open the season to take the league by a bit of shock, posted 109 points to win a Pacific Division filled with playoff-tested teams and then gone 8-2 in the playoffs with a first-round sweep against Los Angeles and a six-game series win over the Sharks.They became just the third team in NHL history to win multiple series in its first season. The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history in 1918 and St. Louis won two rounds to win the all-expansion West Division in 1968. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Next up for Vegas is the Western Conference Final against either Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 at home on Monday night.While the Golden Knights got help from a couple of shots that hit the iron and went out for San Jose and one that went off the post and into the net for a goal by Nate Schmidt that was only detectable on replay, the recipe for success has been speed, tenacity and depth more than luck.“We made ourselves a good team,” Fleury said. “We had great chemistry right from the start. We keep improving throughout the season. I feel like we’re using everybody in the lineup to get wins. That’s what’s made us successful.”Fleury has been a big part of that, capped by his fourth career series-clinching shutout, one shy of Chris Osgood’s NHL record.Fleury allowed just three goals in the sweep against the Kings, posted shutouts in the opening and closing games against San Jose and was brilliant in an overtime win in Game 3 over the Sharks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. — The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story.They’ve proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ But he has had plenty of help. William Karlsson scored 43 goals in the regular season and had the overtime winner in Game 3 of this series. Jonathan Marchessault is tied for the team lead with 11 points this postseason, including the first goal in the clincher against the Sharks. Even the fourth line played a big role Sunday by controlling the puck and hemming San Jose in the defensive zone.“We’re having a lot of fun in this room,” Schmidt said. “″The guys have just been having a blast all year with each other. I think that we’ve done a lot more than we thought we were capable of, but we continue to set the bar to new heights with our group. We continue to just set new expectations for yourself. This group believes in each other and that’s more than anything you can ask for.”The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period. It started when usually reliable Marc-Edouard Vlasic turned the puck over in his own zone. Reilly Smith took control near the blue line and found Marchessault alone in front for a goal that trickled between Martin Jones’ pads.The Golden Knights then added to the lead after an icing by Brent Burns led to an offensive zone faceoff. David Perron beat Tierney on the draw and Schmidt took a shot that appeared to deflect off the post and out.Play went on for 25 more seconds before the buzzer rang, with the situation room in Toronto calling for a video review. That quickly showed that the puck bounced off the post, off a piece equipment inside the net and out.Vegas then had a delayed celebration for the goal that made it 2-0.That was the type of bounce the Sharks didn’t get early in the game when they hit the post or crossbar three times in the opening period and then again in the third when they tried to cut into Vegas’ lead.“It’s a fine line,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think we had a couple of those that didn’t go in. That’s hockey. But Vegas deserves to be moving on. They played great. 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Masry, mayor and attorney, dies at age 73

first_imgEdward L. Masry, the charismatic attorney and former Thousand Oaks mayor whose battles for the environment and the common man were showcased in the blockbuster movie “Erin Brockovich,” has died, his family said Tuesday. Masry, 73, died late Monday of complications from diabetes at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said his son, Louis Masry. He had resigned from the City Council just a week ago because of declining health. “My father had a long career of over 40 years as an attorney,” Louis Masry said. “Even prior to the movie ‘Erin Brockovich,’ he was always fighting for the underdog.” Bob Wilson, also a former city mayor, said Masry faced his growing health problems with uncommon strength and dignity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I sat next to him for two years on the council, and he never, ever complained about his health, although for any other person it would have probably been a major issue,” Wilson said. “He was a one-of-a-kind and bigger-than-life guy. He loved the city of Thousand Oaks.” Masry and Brockovich, a self-trained legal assistant who worked for him in his Thousand Oaks law office, won a $333 million settlement on behalf of more than 600 residents of Hinkley, Calif., who claimed that Pacific Gas & Electric tanks leaked carcinogenic poisons into groundwater supplies. Their efforts were depicted in the 2000 film “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts in the title role and actor Albert Finney as Masry. Brockovich was unavailable to comment at Masry’s law firm and was said to be grieving and distraught. Flush from the notoriety of the movie, Masry was elected to the City Council in November 2000, running as part of a slow-growth slate of candidates, and served a one-year term as mayor in December 2001. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who represents the Thousand Oaks area and successfully ran for the council with Masry, said she helped introduce Masry to politics after he offered support in fighting the recall of a council ally. “He really had an incredible willingness to take on challenges, a real seize-the-day kind of attitude. He was a mentor to me – his humor, his no-nonsense approach and his brilliance.” The current mayor, Claudia Bill-de la Pea, called his death “a tremendous loss to our community.” “He was a champion for the residents, a fighter,” she said. “He always stood up for the little guy and would never surrender.” Masry was born July 29, 1932, in Patterson, N.J., and moved with his family to California in 1940. His parents were from Syria and France, and he spoke fluent Arabic and French, as well as English. He went to high school and Valley College in the San Fernando Valley, then served in the Army from 1952-54. He attended the University of California campuses at Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. Although he never received a bachelor’s degree, he was admitted to Loyola Law School and earned a degree there, according to a biography from his law firm, Masry & Vititoe. He started his law practice in Los Angeles in 1961. Masry is survived by his wife, Joette, five children and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more