Keys to the series: Can the Caps bring home the Stanley Cup?

Keys to the series: Can the Caps bring home the Stanley Cup?

"We had some great teams there; that one year we had (Jarome Iginla), people said we were a shoo-in to win the Cup - and I think we lost four straight to Boston", in the Eastern Conference Final, he said. "And the perception of your game can be remodelled and redone".

The Golden Knights' playoff series didn't go quite as long, so they may be the most rested for this series.

Their leading scorer was Tommy "The Bomber" Williams, a 34-year-old veteran of the Olympic-gold-medal-winning Team USA squad. With Vegas, he's become Mr. But he wasn't exactly one of the bigger impact players during his brief time in Vancouver. Jason Garrison only played in eight games for Vegas before being sent to the minors.

It's a role he never had a chance of playing in Washington.

On the official Las Vegas city Twitter account, all capital letters have been changed to lowercase, including the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada" sign via the magic of the internet.

"We made our selection, and then (the Capitals) called and asked if there's any way we could do a deal for him to get Schmidt back", said Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who had no intention of relinquishing him.

We've finally made it. Weeks of waiting, writing and tweeting about where we'd be and what we'd see in this moment have finally come to an end.

Kisio was among the handful of Golden Knights pro scouts who filed countless reports during the 2016-17 campaign, scouring for talent that might be available in the expansion draft last June. He's keeping a sense of humor about this momentous trip: With a straight face Sunday, Ovechkin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him to wish him luck, before adding: "I'm just joking".

What a flawless time to be starting a new, weekly hockey column: with the Stanley Cup Final set to open Monday night in Las Vegas.

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Williams bonded out of Frisco City Jail on Saturday. "I read his public statement about it and take it at face value". Police found Williams' cell phone in the wrecked Lamborghini. "I swear to God I would not try to lie to you".

Vegas will be challenged by Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, who are in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1998. [T.J.] Oshie. What a great club they've got.

"Every round we played, everybody picked the other team against us", Fleury said.

As far as history goes, there has never been a Stanley Cup final quite like the one the National Hockey League is about to experience.

"Both guys are very athletic", Schmidt said.

"I know how special this city is", he told the crowd.

Of course, the two franchises did things differently to attract fans.

One of those players showed that Thursday night at another Little League game. The Blues survived versus the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota North Stars back then after each series went a full seven games. "You're on call for them all the time, you're trying to help them, you try to steer them in the right direction". Both teams have taken their knocks in the playoffs and should be able to get over the hump soon enough. I don't think they were that far away the last few years. "Obviously, I picked up a lot from him, spending so much time with him, someone I look up to, the way he plays on the ice and the way he is off the ice, too". "I can certainly take pride in that".

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

While Capitals coach Barry Trotz skated his now-customary hot lap before practice at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights had their usual standing room-only crowd for practice at their training complex in suburban Summerlin. But the team apparently has learned from its past mistakes. "We weren't as focused as we usually are in games".

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