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Rick Zamperin: Golden Knights or Capitals, who wins the Stanley Cup?

Rick Zamperin: Golden Knights or Capitals, who wins the Stanley Cup?

"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. "Like the last game (against the Winnipeg Jets), I went and cleaned the garage".

Game 7: June 13 at Vegas. "He knows how to win", Ovechkin told the Washington Post.

Game 1 is Monday night against the Washington Capitals. "So now that we've reached the Final, we're going to do everything we can to do something special here for us, for the team, and for the city".

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"Who would have thunk it?" asked Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played the previous four seasons for the Capitals.

In Las Vegas, sportsbooks will take an estimated cumulative loss of $5 million to $7 million if the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kicked around the past five years for trading Filip Forsberg to Nashville for Martin Erat and not being able to bring the Cup to Washington, McPhee has his fingerprints all over this final after building the foundation of each team. How the Golden Knights GM lured his No. 2, Kelly McCrimmon, away from the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. The other times that I got hit, players did not even get penalized.

A year ago, the 26-year-old Schmidt was a third-pairing defenceman who temporarily lost his job when the Capitals acquired Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline. On three occasions, the overtime victor has been scored within the first two minutes, and the latest single-overtime victor was an absolute buzzer-beater, coming when Mike Bossy scored with two ticks remaining in the first overtime of Game 1 in the 1982 Stanley Cup final. 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.

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"I'm very happy to be associated with the staff that I'm associated with", Kisio said.

Holtby's regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA, .907 save percentage) are a career worst. And from the day of his introductory press conference after taking the reins in Vegas, he promised to build "a real good team fast". Trotz and star forward Alex Ovechkin are in the Final for the first time. The expansion franchise, behind the play of Marc-Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron, will look to continue its magical run and expand on its unprecedented success as a first-year franchise.

The Miracle on Ice, only if the Team USA had to play the Russians roughly 100 times instead of just once, and still kept pulling off upsets all along the way while everyone stood around trying to figure out how it was happening. It will be immediately and forever be remembered as the high point of the Gary Bettman NHL era. My head says to take Vegas here - they've got the hottest goaltender and I love their ability to suffocate teams with speed and pressure on the puck - but my heart says Capitals.

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But first, they'll have to catch the speedy Golden Knights.