(LAS VEGAS, NV) – Extending their highly improbable success as an expansion team into the NHL finals, Las Vegas out-worked and overwhelmed the Washington Capitols 6-4 to take a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup best of seven championship series.
Thus far, the Knights are an impressive 13 – 3 in the play-offs and fantastic 7-1 at home in the T-Mobile Arena.
Even the one game they lost at home, amidst the roar of their raucous crowd and the trademark Vegas-style of glitz and glamour, and complete with legendary boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer shouting, “Let’s Get Ready To Rummbblllle”, went to double overtime.
All the same for a team of cast-offs, who were drafted last June, to pull off this kind of dominance is highly improbable.
However, if last night’s game is any indication of what is to come, odds are that they will be raising Lord Stanley’s cup over their heads when all is said and done.
Although the score was knotted at three heading into the 3rd period, and in front of a sea of red shirts which outnumbered Knights fans, Vegas’ 4th line scored 3 goals to steal the show, with the final tally into an empty netter at 19:57.
After game 2 in Vegas tomorrow night, games 3 and 4 will take place in Washington this coming Saturday and Monday. The puck drops at 8pm both nights.