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Golden Knights' pregame show was weird start to Stanley Cup

30 May 2018

Vegas Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Nosek celebrate their team's 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, on May 28, 2018.

The game held a 44 share in Las Vegas, meaning almost half of the televisions in use were tuned to the Golden Knights game.

Last Wednesday, the Caps advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years with a Game 7 win over Tampa Bay.

A couple who survived the October shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has named their newborn after one of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey players, saying the team has brought some positivity into their lives after the tragedy. "I don't know if you guys knew, but I told everybody I was saving them for the playoffs".

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With so much offensive talent on both sides of the ice, there will be some goals scored in Game 2, but not at the volume we saw in Game 1.

Now that the Capitals - and Golden Knights - have that team, McPhee will be there each night to see one of his teams lift the Cup. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. "It's a little awkward, but it's going to be a fun experience, I hope". But Washington's 2-1 lead did not last long. The Capitals have not ever won the Stanley Cup, and have been to the Finals only once, losing to the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

And so we welcome the Washington Capitals to the club. He's keeping a sense of humor about this momentous trip: With a straight face Sunday, Ovechkin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him to wish him luck, before adding: "I'm just joking". Vegas' vaunted top line generated plenty of offense, even beyond goals for Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom scored 42 seconds apart in the first period to put the Capitals ahead 2-1. Along with Ovechkin's quiet night, Evgeny Kuznetsov - who scored a whopping 24 points in the first three rounds - also had just one assist.

Harper was a Chicago Blackhawks fan growing up and he supported the Capitals after being drafted by the Nationals, but he pledged his NHL allegiance to the Golden Knights - Las Vegas's first major professional sports team - before the season. "I've always been a goal scorer, just on the fourth line".

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Rebounds have continued to haunt Holtby, who fell to 12-7 in the playoffs.

Wilson delivered his crushing open-ice hit moments later to Marchessault, who was shaken up on the play.

"I haven't obviously slowed it down and looked at it, but I think he'd probably say he shouldn't have admired his pass, and I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said.

"The league's going to take care of it". "And then I'm fine to come back".

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Golden Knights' pregame show was weird start to Stanley Cup