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Jo Caldwell
May 29, 2018

The end of the second period moved slowly, but the start of the third made up for it.

"Both teams answering the bell each time the other scored", Schmidt said.

The Golden Knights said the clues will be revealed on the team's Twitter account starting in the afternoon.

After a mostly drama-free playoff run, many were left wondering whether this Cup Final would have enough on-ice entertainment to match the compelling off-ice storylines. Back and forth they went, trading goals, rendering helpless the two best goaltenders of the postseason. LVMPD is honored to help with tonight's historic Game-1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He poked the puck out of a right-side scrum to Erik Haula, and Haula set Miller up at the top of the right circle for a slap shot power-play goal 7:15 into the game. "A lot of lead changes", Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt said of Monday night.

For a group that averaged just over 11 minutes, Ryan Reaves, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Tomas Nosek sure did plenty of damage to open the Stanley Cup Final.

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James had eight points and Hill added six to keep the Cavs in it early, but the rest of the team was just 2-for-11 from the field. Brown lit it up with 15 first-quarter points, converting a pull-up jumper with 8.3 seconds remaining that put them ahead 25-20.

The wild scoring continued in the third with an own-goal by Fleury, who lost track of a rebound and kicked it backward into his net.

KLAS-TV reports that Lauren and Brad Sugars' girl was born May 18, the same day the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored just 31 times in 500 career games before these playoffs. The couple didn't know they were going to become parents until after the festival.

"When you're working with (players), they're sometimes like your own kids", McPhee said.

Don't get him wrong, Bryce Harper is happy that the Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Finals.

"We're going to look to go to Game 4 in D.C. next Monday night".

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"We didn't play our best game", Alex Ovechkin said. I think it's game speed, and I delivered it in good time.

"We're just fighting for position", he said.

Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant hasn't been bashful about giving the Bellemare-Nosek-Reaves unit their share of shifts, and that faith paid dividends on an evening that began with boxing ring announcer Michael "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Buffer performing the introductions.

But boy was it fun to watch live, unless you were Braden Holtby or Marc-Andre Fleury. Yes, a catapult. It was the ideal way to launch a Stanley Cup Final that no one saw coming featuring the expansion Knights and the seemingly cursed Caps. With tickets ranging from $10,000 for the front row to $675 for the last row, there was boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather sitting on the glass and rapper Lil Jon entertaining the gold-clad masses outside.

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