Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

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

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

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 the Detroit Red Wings.

Marchessault has been pulling up to Stanley Cup Playoff games at T-Mobile Arena in a gold Lamborghini convertible with Golden Knights-logo decals and the team mantra "Vegas Born" on the doors.

Alex Ovechkin was held to one assist and two shots on goal in the first Cup final game of his career.

Colin Miller, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith scored early goals before Nosek added an empty-netter for the Knights, who are three wins away from one of the most improbable championships in recent North American team sports history.

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn't expect Wilson to face supplemental discipline for his hit on Marchessault and believes the 24-year-old will be in the linuep for Wednesday's Game 2.

The Golden Knights, who relied on a roster mostly composed of National Hockey League castoffs selected in an expansion draft before the season, amassed a 51-24-7 record during the regular season. The good news for the Capitals should they manage to down the Golden Knights in Game 1, though, is that the past two road teams to steal a game to kick off the final - the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks and 2012 Los Angeles Kings - have gone on to win the Cup.

And then the Knights and Caps put on a high-energy production of their own with plenty of fireworks and drama. On three occasions, the overtime victor has been scored within the first two minutes, and the latest single-overtime victor was an absolute buzzer-beater, coming when Mike Bossy scored with two ticks remaining in the first overtime of Game 1 in the 1982 Stanley Cup final. Midway through the second period, the Capitals and Golden Knights are tied 3-3. "I think the league's going to take care of it".

Then Capitals' agitator Tom Wilson crushed Jonathan Marchessault with a late, blindside hit in the neutral zone well after Marchessault last touched the puck. "I never see him coming. It was a big hit". "He looked fine in the end", Wilson said. Deryk Engelland chipped in with two assists. Vegas improved to 11-1 in the postseason when scoring first.

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