I didn't think it was possible for Vegas to be any less predictable this season, but then came Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
One of the most impressive things about this Golden Knights team is their ability to suffocate the opposing team's offensive attack - just ask the Winnipeg Jets - and that was on display early in Game 1.
Game 1 was a flawless example of role players stepping up in a time of need, which we see in nearly every sport when it gets to the championship round of the postseason. We just tried to outwork who we're playing against and it worked. You also expect fourth lines to respond to hits like Wilsons in the third period by responding in kind, but instead, the fourth line delivered its second of three goals on the night, off the stick of Nosek. "I expected it the whole time, that's why I moved from the goalie's eyes to the backdoor, so he could pass it to me".
But Ovechkin and the Capitals also are seeking the first title in franchise history and have been brilliant on the road in the playoffs, going 8-2 away from Washington D.C.
"I never saw it coming", Marchessault said.
"For our group, it's not good enough", Marchessault said. "That's the way it went.at the end of the day it's the win that's most important". Eastern time. Famous ring announcer Michael Buffer read the starting lineup on the ice just as he would before a championship bout. A watch party for Game 3 will take place Saturday at Toshiba Plaza and a watch party for Game 4 will take place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on June 4.More news: Burkina Faso resumes ties with China after Taiwan break
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A drum line with flashing lights pumped up the crowd during breaks, while Canadian-born professional fan Cameron Hughes danced and hurled T-shirts into the stands.
Miller caught Holtby leaning to his right, peeking over Carlson's shoulder, and got caught with the one-timer that went beneath his glove on the Golden Knights' first goal.
Notes: The victor of Game 1 has lifted the Cup 78.2 per cent of the time since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 (61 of 78). "We gave them too many chances". But surprisingly, it was Washington that weathered the dust storm and punched back, scoring twice in a 42-second span to take a 2-1 lead on goals from Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom. This game crushed the 5.5 O/U in the first 30 minutes. The last was 20 years ago.
"Lot of up and down".
"For me, I thought my puck-handling was not great tonight", Holtby said.
Ten goals. Four lead changes.