NHL Stanley Cup: Vegas Golden Knights close to beating 500-1 odds

29 May, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1

Marchessault, who has 8 goals and 11 assists for the Golden Knights, eventually returned to the game.

If you were hoping that some bad blood would be established in the early going in this series, Game 1 delivered some of the ugly stuff.

Lauren Sugars says they are "thankful that something so positive came out of such a tragic event". "I knew he would, based on the pieces that he put in place here".

Things changed quickly because MacLellan went from McPhee's college teammate and roommate and then right-hand man as assistant GM to the person who owner Ted Leonsis said gave "the most negative of the interviews" among candidates.

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.

Vegas will host Game 2 on Wednesday night.

The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn't given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn't seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights.

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

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1

But boy was it fun to watch live, unless you were Braden Holtby or Marc-Andre Fleury.

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

As far as history goes, there has never been a Stanley Cup final quite like the one the National Hockey League is about to experience. With tickets ranging from $10,000 for the front row to $675 for the last row, there was boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather sitting on the glass and rapper Lil Jon entertaining the gold-clad masses outside.

"Oh, man. It was insane", Reaves said of the atmosphere. "Even going out for warmups, I kind of got some chills". Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs.

With the score tied 4-4, Wilson laid out Marchessault at open ice, which stirred the Vegas bench. Trotz said he thought the Capitals were going to the power play.

Wilson was suspended for three games in Washington's second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins for a hit that broke the jaw of Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese. "I'm not a guy that make those decisions, but I'm sure the league is going to take care of it".

At the very least, those hits and the tussles that followed them will only serve to ratchet up the temperature in a Final that already started on fire.

"Real happy for them", Fleury said of Reaves and Nosek. "We've got to come out with a better effort". If we're in for six more nights of that: Buckle Up.


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