An expansion team on a jaw-dropping run, an opponent that started the season with perhaps its lowest expectations in years, a superstar finally getting his first chance at glory, a head coach left at curb 18 months ago and a city that connected with its new club after an unspeakable tragedy. To borrow from an old favorite, "Fight Club", the first rule of the Golden Knights Playoff Club is that there are no rules.
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In many ways, the Golden Knights' story is even more stunning than the 1968 St. Louis Blues' trip to the finals. Tom Wilson jammed a puck through Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who then kicked it into his own net just 1:10 into the third period.
As you might expect, Vegas and D.C. were 1 and 2, followed by Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Buffalo, Richmond, Minneapolis-St.
In Game 1 of the series Monday night, the duo shockingly traded goals, not punches. The favoured exact result at +325 is Golden Knights in five games.
The Golden Knights started off their first Stanley Cup Final home game with an incredible intro and then they went on to win game one in a thriller.
Keeli and her mother attended a game while the Knights were in Winnipeg during the playoffs, with Keeli the only Knights fan in her section, surrounded by a sea of white that went wild as the Jets took the ice.
The Capitals are 8-2 on the road in the postseason; Vegas is 6-1 at home. But Washington seemed to push past its nerves and settle into the charged atmosphere.
"That's great when you see those guys get rewarded", Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said of his fourth line. Its like a party. "They compete hard for us and it's really nice to see them get rewarded tonight".
The Golden Knights have been credited with their quick and exciting style of play and relentless forecheck.
The pivotal tying goal came off the stick of Reaves, who was aided by an egregious non-call by referee Wes McCauley, who simply watched Reaves flatten John Carlson with a cross-check in front of the net before scoring.
An outdoor pre-game concert by Lil Jon, an elaborate on-ice show that would put Medieval Times to shame, and introductions performed by Michael Buffer made for a unique introduction to the Cup Final.
Ovechkin will probably get his goals, which he didn't in Game 1 (he did nab an assist, though). Less than a minute later, Nicklas Backstrom backhanded a shot past Fleury, who couldn't recover after sprawling to his right with T.J. Oshie coming around the back of the goal.