A performance fit for Las Vegas, before and during Game 1

Arnold Nichols
May 30, 2018

"The City of Las Vegas has opted to ban capital letters in support of the Golden Knights as the Stanley Cup Final nears, and it's all part of a ploy to push back against the Washington Capitals' popular rallying cry of "#ALLCAPS".

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.

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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.

UPDATE I: The Golden Knights took an early 1-0 lead with Colin Miller scoring a power-play goal at 7:15 of the first period, but the Capitals responded with two goals in 42 seconds.

A couple who survived the October shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has named their newborn after the Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith, saying the team has brought some positivity into their lives after the tragedy.

"There were some swings, some momentum (shifts) on both sides", said Fleury, who came in with a.947 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Vegas Golden Knights' incredible inaugural season isn't slowing down in the Stanley Cup Final.


Tomas Nosek, the former Detroit Red Wings winger whom Vegas plucked in last summer's expansion draft, improbably scored the game-winner in the middle of the third period, then added the clincher with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

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). Less than two minutes later, physical fourth-line forward Ryan Reaves punched a puck in from point-blank range to tie the game for Vegas. "We haven't seen a championship or even a final in so many years", said Barber.

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

"I think as a whole we can play a lot better", Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said. "I know we have another level to our game".

"And obviously these players are allowing us to stick our chests out a little bit, with how hard they're working and what they're doing".

They received unlikely help from defenseman Deryk Engelland to take a 3-2 lead when Engelland jumped up to start a 3-on-2 rush that led to Smith pounding home an open look in front of Holtby at 3:21 of the second period.

The Capitals were prepared for a strong start from the Golden Knights, the team feeding off the energy of its raucous crowd and then vice versa.

The Capitals pressed late with Holtby on the bench, but Lars Eller flubbed a golden opportunity on the doorstep with Fleury at his mercy before Nosek sealed it with three seconds left.

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