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

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

The Golden Knights are three wins from the Stanley Cup and Reaves is on a two-game goal scoring streak.

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.

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals finally got over the hump when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to secure a berth in the championship round opposite the sporting world's most unlikely fairy tale.

Vegas will host Game 2 on Wednesday night. Bellemare and Nosek are important penalty killers.

At the very root of things, though, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final will be much like that of any other series that has come before.

It's an interesting group, this one organized by the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Nosek's first goal also came as Devante Smith-Pelly failed to clear the zone and Shea Theodore kept the puck in Capitals territory, eluded one would-be defender, than made a ideal cross-ice pass to Nosek, who one-timed it past Holtby. Vegas wasn't out of the woods just yet, though.

Shortly before the empty-net goal, Lars Eller of the Capitals had the puck go off the end of his stick blade with a wide-open net in front of him and a chance to tie the game.

The opener did have some controversy. Referees Wes McCauley and Marc Joannette missed a blatant cross-check by Reaves on John Carlson on the sequence he scored. The Golden Knights uniformly criticized it as a late hit, while the rambunctious Wilson defended himself.

"We know we didn't play our best", Backstrom said.

McPhee is responsible for acquiring 13 players on the current roster during his 17 years as general manager and also hired longtime friend Brian MacLellan, who became his successor and built the rest of the team.

They also didn't back down from Caps tough guy Tom Wilson who once again crossed the line by taking a run at Jonathan Marchessault in the third period and forced Marchessault to leave the game briefly. The power forward sat out three games in the second round when he was suspended for a hit to the head of the Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese, breaking his jaw.

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Wilson, meanwhile, didn't feel he delivered a dirty hit on Marchessault. "I have an away white, so looking forward to that". "He was yelling at me from the bench".

"I saw the hit".

One minute after Andre Burakovsky took the game's first penalty, defenseman Colin Miller struck first for the Golden Knights.

The wild scoring continued in the third with an own-goal by Fleury, who lost track of a rebound and kicked it backward into his net.

The Game 1 victor has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall.

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