For a night, Vegas Knights helped give the Vegas community a face

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LAS VEGAS — #VegasStrong

It was impossible to walk or drive around Las Vegas this week and not have that hashtag engrained in your mind. It was everywhere. On billboards, hotel exteriors and hand-written signs taped to fences. It has become a common hashtag for a community to rally around following adversity but Las Vegas isn’t your typical community as a tourist oasis for many.

Most people that pass through for the weekend view it as a lovable punchline, a place where you quote lines from “The Hangover” and “Swingers” and promise yourself you’ll never return — before you invariably do a few months later.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, however, the world is discovering the part of Las Vegas that is a real city with real locals who call this place home. They are the first responders, the police officers, the fire fighters, the doctors, the nurses and the men and women who lined up for hours to donate blood because they wanted to

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