NHL Announces 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Will Open With Lil Jon Performance

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The Golden Knights, who beat the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Jets to improbably advance to the final in a stunning first season, played just their 98th game in franchise history.

It was the first time in the playoffs that the visiting team had scored a goal in the first period in Vegas.

"Washington sports fans, we have it rough".

The team announced it will host a #VGKWorldwide scavenger hunt contest Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas for two tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup FInal. The league has benefited from long series, close games and compelling storylines - culminating with Alexander Ovechkin and the long-suffering Capitals against the expansion Golden Knights in what is basically the dream matchup for a casual hockey fan.

The expansion team has not been afraid to go insane for their pregame shows, especially during the playoffs, with Monday's just the most elaborate one yet.

Holtby was swimming around in his crease after mishandling a Deryk Engelland shot when Vegas took a 3-2 lead in the second period on a goal from Smith. 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. That said, those gaps in the schedule may, conversely, make it that much easier for the Golden Knights to maintain their often-relentless style.

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Carlson hit his second post of the night a few minutes later on Fleury before Smith came right back and found iron at the other end. "I don't know if you guys knew, but I told everybody I was saving them for the playoffs".

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).

After a pre-game spectacle that featured a glowing drum line, a Medieval Times-style sword fight and player introductions performed by Michael "Let's get ready to rumble!"

But Washington rebounded to take a 2-1 lead with two goals in the span of 42 seconds. The previous best was a 12.6 rating which was from Game 7 of the eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.

The Nationals have a day game in Baltimore on Monday, so Harper will be able to watch Game 1. "A lot of times you feel like the game is going in one direction and then they score and we score".

"For me, I thought my puck-handling was not great tonight", Holtby said.

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