Capitals focus on Knights’ ability to make plays behind net

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After just one game, it's already clear this Stanley Cup Final is on thin ice.

"Not much the D zone coverage can do about that", Fleury said. "Holts is pretty serious when he gets to the rink. Now they know this".

Shea Theodore was on the losing end of a different kind of numbers game with the Vegas Golden Knights just a few months ago.

The Vegas Knights prevailed in game one in a fairly even 6-4 (empty netter) victory. Bogdanovich's William Hill sportsbook listed the city's new hockey team as 250-to-1 long shots to win the Stanley Cup in their first year of existence.

"Yeah (I was surprised at the number of goals), but you never know what's going to happen in the games", Ovechkin said.

"You always have your reputation", Wilson told reporters after the game. But when you shift the parameters to goaltenders who have played in the 75-game range - Holtby has now played 78 in his career - the Capitals' No. 1 netminder is in a class of his own. The Aces are the new Las Vegas franchise in the WNBA, and will play their games inside the Mandalay Bay, which is across the street from the spot of the new Raiders stadium. Eastern each day. More details can be found here.

Wilson also provides Washington with offense, including Monday night, when he scored his fourth goal of the postseason to keep the Capitals within striking distance against the up-tempo Golden Knights. "The things he does with the puck, his ability, you just get him the puck and let him do his thing".

Fleury allowed four goals on 28 shots, including one that he put into the net himself. But you're still influencing the game by not calling an obvious, blatant penalty especially when that penalty leads to a goal.

Beagle believes "both teams are probably gonna button down on the D zone".

But before any Canadians develop heatstroke at the prospect of their national game being played in a Nevada swimming pool, players on both teams were eager to make it clear the Vegas ice is absolutely playable.

"We've come back from more hard positions than right now", Eller said.

"We're feeding everybody, so then we really got entrenched. He hits me on the blindside", Marchessault said. Everything they do, they try to spice it up a little bit better and it works. It had historically been a low-dollar business for sports books, but the interest in the team sent many new fans scurrying to the betting windows. They were separated from each other as they fled the chaotic scene at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, with Brad ultimately finding Lauren hiding under a vehicle in a nearby parking lot.

Middling ice quality can be a fact of life year-round in National Hockey League rinks, particularly for the Sun Belt teams from Anaheim to Miami, yet their players still thrive. Matter of fact, if we go all the way back to the start of the campaign, Fleury has been exceptional after tough starts.

"We watched the video". We had goals, we had hits, we had some good plays, we had a lot of mistakes, which usually makes for excitement, and that certainly happened. Now we're playing him in the finals. He said he didn't shoot - instead going with a shake-and-bake that might have fooled Braden Holtby - because he remembered walking in earlier and got off "a awful shot".

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