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The Sharks eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights from the Stanley Cup playoffs just over two weeks ago, but that hasn't stopped the second-year franchise from snagging headlines -- or high-profile fans on the other side of the world.

The Golden Knights' Twitter account posted pictures Friday of Pope Francis receiving his very own custom Golden Knights sweater.

The threads were delivered to him by a fan visiting the Vatican, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

There's no word as to why the fan chose to bring a custom jersey to the head of the Catholic Church, but from the looks of the pictures, Pope Francis seems to be a fan of the Knights. We'll leave the jokes about the Pope liking a team from Sin City to you, however.

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Of course, the Sharks' prayers were answered April 23 in the first playoff round, when they ended Vegas' season in overtime of Game 7. San Jose scored four goals on a five-minute major power play to overcome a three-goal deficit in the third period, and Barclay Goodrow potted the winner in OT.

The Knights -- and their fans -- would argue the Sharks benefited from divine intervention, as Vegas forward Cody Eakin's cross-check was not the sole cause of Sharks captain Joe Pavelski's subsequent concussion and cut on his head. Pavelski himself told reporters that it shouldn't have been a major penalty.

 

But after the disputed end to the first round, the Vatican gift-giving appears too little, too late ... at least until next season.