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Stanley Cup Finals A Battle Of Unexpected Teams

Stanley Cup Finals A Battle Of Unexpected Teams

For the Stanley Cup Final, it will strictly be "las vegas".

They'll host the Washington Capitals in Monday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final (6 p.m., CBC).

"It's a team game - win as a team, lose as a team", said Fleury, who looks to become the 11th goaltender in National Hockey League history to have his name on the Cup at least four times - and the fourth of that group to win with multiple teams. If we said we'd be this far into the playoffs or even make the playoffs, we were lying. "They love our players, they love our team, and they love what's going on, and I know our players appreciate the things they do for us".

It's the time of year for bandwagon fans, and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights are a particularly attractive draw. Fleury, who spent 13 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the Capitals en route to consecutive Stanley Cup victories.

Not sure what it is driving Washington's confidence on the road, but they're heading into Game 1 at Vegas after earning two road wins in Tampa Bay. "It's going to be a good challenge for us".

The city is playing off the name of its viral, the Washington Capitals.

Not only is Beagle thankful to McPhee for taking a chance on him, but he also believes in the moves made to try to bring a championship to Washington well before now, even if they didn't work out perfectly.

With a series win in game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final on May 23, the Washington Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup finals for just the second time since joining the National Hockey League in 1974-75.

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Jonathan Marchessault's Golden Knights have put together a remarkable debut season. The 32-year-old Russian has 12 goals in 17 playoff games. "But it's a whole other type of animal this time of year". Vegas has defied all the odds - literally, all of them - thanks to its supreme balance and supreme outings from Marc-Andre Fleury.

A three-time Cup victor, Fleury is 12-3 with a 0.947 save percentage this postseason. He's done only a little scoring himself, but right winger Reilly Smith has been an integral part of the attack, racking up 14 assists in 15 postseason games. "I was walking around Ann Arbor kicking stones and couldn't get a job, you know".

Holtby's regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA, .907 save percentage) are a career worst. There are rumblings Las Vegas is also due for an National Basketball Association team.

"First time we played them we were on the back-to-back right before Christmas, we were only here for 19 hours with the turnover from Phoenix", said goalie Braden Holtby. Two teams, the best in their respective conferences and divisions, will square off against one another with the sport's greatest prize on the line.

The emotional opening night ceremony to honor the victims, which preceded an historic win over Arizona, remains one of the high points of the season.

"There were a lot of people doubting that he still had what it took", Capitals head coach Barry Trotz told the Washington Post about Ovechkin.

When 58 country music concert-goers were gunned down October 1 in the worst shooting in American history about a mile from the rink, the Golden Knights were suddenly thrust in the middle of the healing process by the way they stepped forward to visit survivors and first responders.


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