Tom Wilson laid out Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault with a huge, late hit

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Right after he got up, he said 'good hit.' It's the Stanley Cup Final out there. "I would've thought I had to be in the ring or octagon to hear that".

Vegas honoured military veterans in the first intermission, marking Memorial Day with a rendition of "God Bless America" sung by seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight, which was followed by an abbreviated Cirque de Soleil performance during a TV timeout in the second.

Things particularly seemed to escalate in the third period.

"Both teams answering the bell each time the other scored", Schmidt said. "It was a late hit".

After a mostly drama-free playoff run, many were left wondering whether this Cup Final would have enough on-ice entertainment to match the compelling off-ice storylines.

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1
Tom Wilson laid out Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault with a huge, late hit

Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for the Capitals, whose first Stanley Cup Final game in 20 years was a defensive nightmare. That was four more, in one game, than there were in the entire Western Conference final. "They're guys that work hard every game, every practice". "A lot of lead changes", Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt said of Monday night.

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.

But Fleury's struggles didn't matter because the Golden Knights' fourth line, which includes a Frenchman (Pierre-Édouard Bellemare), a Czech (Tomas Nosek) and a Canadian (Ryan Reaves), rode to the rescue.

Nosek then put the Knights ahead after Shea Theodore kept the puck in Washington's zone, sidestepped a defender and fired a lovely cross-ice pass to the Czech forward, who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs. He scored just 31 times in 500 career games before these playoffs. "I knew he would, based on the pieces that he put in place here".

The couple originally had Austin in mind as their daughter's name, but made a decision to go with Riley - named after Knights player Reilly Smith.


Game 2 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Vegas D Deryk Engelland had two assists after going scoreless in the first 15 playoff games.

Now that we know the two teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup, the conversation regarding who should be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor can truly begin. I think it's game speed, and I delivered it in good time. "We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one".

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said the coaching staff was "upset about it".

"The fans got their money's worth tonight".

This was the Stanley Cup Final: Vegas Style, with all of the glitz and glamour you'd come to expect from America's adult playground.


All as Elvis impersonators watched from the front row.

"Oh man, it was insane", Reaves said.

"I kinda got some chills". "The atmosphere is just a Vegas atmosphere".


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