The Vegas Golden Knights have set a new standard for the expansion team in professional sports, enjoying a remarkable amount of success over just four NHL seasons.
It wasn't until the sixth and seventh games of the playoffs (Nashville-Carolina and St. Louis-Colorado) that a team finally took a two-goal lead. Both of those happened in the third period.
The Capitals weathered the loss of starting goaltender Vitek Vanecek to a lower-body injury early on, with backup Craig Anderson making 21 saves and allowing only a power-play goal.Pittsburgh Penguins
Coming up on Day 2, we have intriguing matchups and some high-profile returns, with Game 1 matchups in three series: Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights-Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers-Tampa Bay Lightning.Toronto Maple Leafs
“We’ve definitely seen areas of improvement away from the puck, but his skill set, his awareness offensively, is as good as it gets,” coach Dean Evason said.Buffalo Sabres
The Caps came out with a physical game plan with a number of big hits early in the game. As noted, they also played a possession-heavy style for much of the game. It is much easier to stick to your game plan if you are not chasing the game and Tom Wilson made sure the Caps did not have to do that with a goal just 6:22 in.Columbus Blue Jackets
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Meaning, it’s up to Laviolette and the Capitals to get their preferred matchups on the ice as much as possible against the trio and do whatever they can to keep them off the scoresheet.
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