Many Saskatchewan/WHL grads competing for Stanley Cup

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Holtby (.930) and Fleury (.929) are second and third in save percentage over that time (Craig Anderson is first with half as many games played).

The party just off the famed strip where there's a casino or a street performer at almost every turn started with a concert by rapper Lil Jon and continued with on-ice player introductions from famed ring announcer Michael Buffer.

Jones didn't sing the word "night" and fans in the arena instead shouted "Knights" in unison. "That's what's exciting to me".

Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in an occasionally shaky performance, but the three-time Stanley Cup winner's new teammates carried the goalie who has so often carried them with a relentless outburst of offense. Deryk Engelland chipped in with two assists.

Game 2 is in Vegas on Wednesday.

"We feed off the energy, we have been feeding off the energy all year", said Reaves. "Hopefully we can get there and I'll definitely be in the No. 81 [Jonathan] Marchessault jersey". This is just not right at all. "You can't even see my feet because I've been tapping them, like, the whole time". It's just all for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The back-and-forth action was fit for a show on the Las Vegas Strip. "Nobody panicked and it paid off". "We went down 4-3, and we never quit". Tomas Nosek was +14/-3 and Ryan Reaves +9/-3. "Really happy for them - and really proud of this team we have in Vegas". The Knights improved to 7-1 at T-Mobile Arena in these playoffs with the Game 1 victory and have outscored foes 31-16. I put the game on the radio and just keep working. "And that's when I chose to make the video and post it to Twitter".

The Knights, not surprisingly, felt differently. "And then I'm fine to come back". It's a little late.

Both coaches will get more familiar with each team as this series goes along, from additional video of their opponents' structure to a deeper understanding of which matchups to exploit and which ones to avoid. Without him, they weren't beating us a year ago. "That's the way it went.at the end of the day it's the win that's most important".

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The Knights, who have been labelled the 'Golden Misfits' by some of the players, were given odds of 500-1 to win the title at the start of their inaugural campaign.

Then Michael Buffer did the player introductions.

A drum line with flashing lights pumped up the crowd during breaks, while Canadian-born professional fan Cameron Hughes danced and hurled T-shirts into the stands.

"Oh, man. It was insane", Reaves said of the atmosphere. It was the best overnight rating for a Game 1 Final since 2015 when Chicago-Tampa Bay did a 4.23 rating.

"I kinda got some chills".

All of those stats meant nothing in Game 1, as the rested attacks on both sides of the ice lit up the net for 10 goals off 62 attempts on target. William Karlsson was able to tie the game just before the end of the first period when he grabbed a rebound off the end boards and caught Holtby out of position, after he overcommitted on a Reilly Smith's shot.

Monday marked the first game for the Capitals in the final since their only other appearance in 1998 when they were swept in four straight by Detroit. "Two years ago I was walking around Ann Arbor kicking stones and couldn't get a job".

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. "A lot of lead changes", Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt said of Monday night. They still have some great talent and evolving talent but they have also bought in in a different way.

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