Golden Knights' epic intro for first Stanley Cup Final game

Golden Knights' epic intro for first Stanley Cup Final game

Golden Knights' epic intro for first Stanley Cup Final game

Heading into Game 1, Holtby had gone almost eight periods without allowing a goal, while Fleury had a.947 save percentage.

And, frankly, there were some breakdowns that didn't result in goals.

The team rolled over the Los Angeles Kings in four quick games.

Reilly Smith, with a goal and an assist, Colin Miller, William Karlsson and Ryan Reaves also scored for the Knights, who got 24 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Nosek also scored the winning goal in game one of the Calder Cup Finals last June. And if it's anything like Game 1's back-and-forth battle, this series should be wildly entertaining.

The city posted a photo-shopped version of the famous Las Vegas sign with all lowercase letters on Friday and the message: "we're serious about (hash) nocaps!" An electric Vegas crowd ratcheted that energy up another level. It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to be a great series, it's going to be hard-fought.

According to NBC, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and Washington Capitals saw the telecast do a 28.1 local rating and a 44 share in Las Vegas. It included a narrator describing how the west was won, a golden knight on skates taking out a group of skaters with red capes representing the Capitals and even a catapult launching CGI cannon balls at the opponents. "When you watch it on replay and see how hard he hits Marchessault, it should have been a major penalty", said Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant.

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"I think it's weird seeing that team here, being in the Cup the first year", said Brooks Orpik, the only Washington player with a ring.

This, of course, is one of UCF's longest running traditions and one Knight fans believe make them unique. Goalie Braden Holtby has to be much, much better, particularly on his rebound control and ability to read the play behind his own net.

Consider how "The Flower" has responded recently to relative "off" nights. The Knights eliminated the Jets in five games. Those players made the difference down the stretch as they accounted for three goals - one from Reaves and two from Tomas Nosek - all of which came in the third period to help seal the win for the Golden Knights. Nosek had seven regular-season goals in 67 games.

Still, there are some reasons to expect additional lows with potential highs.

This game was highly offensive, supremely entertaining and intoxicatingly competitive.

When he set up Reilly Smith's second-period goal Monday, Jonathan Marchessault registered his 19th point of the playoffs and set an National Hockey League record for most points by an individual player in his team's first postseason appearance. Two teams feeling each other out.

The Capitals needed almost six minutes to get their first shot on net, and they were held to just a single shot on net for over 13 minutes to start the game.

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