Vancouver Canucks: Who to cheer for in Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver Canucks: Who to cheer for in Stanley Cup Final

Then they went up 2-0 on the Lightning, lost three in a row, and just when it looked like they were going to choke away a Stanley Cup Final appearance, they won their final two games to advance.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller turned in his Colorado Avalanche sweater to start following Vegas.

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.

It's not just the rich and famous.

The Washington Capitals' first Stanley Cup Finals game in 20 years will be Monday night in Las Vegas. We made good selections, and they turned out to be real good players.

"That created possibilities that we may not have anticipated early on because people either had expansion stress, too many players, and not being able to protect them all, or account stress, they had money issues", McPhee said.

And through it all, Nate Schmidt, who played parts of four seasons for Washington before getting plucked in the expansion draft by Vegas, might have put it best.

"Sometimes, I go to my office and wait for my wife, Linda, to hoot and holler if we score an empty-net goal or something like that. We've been kind of coming through this whole playoffs not really expected to do much and that's completely fine with us". It is an amorphous description in pro sports, not the same as being unpopular, and James did not mind the label while in Miami.

McPhee still has plenty of supporters in the Capitals' locker room, especially among players he stuck his neck out for.

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"Both guys are very athletic", Schmidt said. "That's pretty much it". 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. It's just all for the Vegas Golden Knights.

"It's two great storylines".

"This community's got this great identity as being an entertainment town, but it has another identity now - and it's of a fantastic sports town".

"He has that ability to see past the block, see past the goalie", Trotz said.

If you won't be in Vegas to see the worlds of hockey and Lil Jon collide, don't worry-NBC will air portions of the performance as well. "I haven't won one yet, and this is the closest I've ever been".

Leipold was obviously referring to last offseason, when the Wild, as a way to protect certain players on the current roster, essentially gifted the Vegas Golden Knights solid two-way center Erik Haula and up-and-coming winger Alex Tuch. Hockey is the ultimate team game, but there's still usually one major performance that rises above the rest that gets the teams where they need to be. And fans in both markets can partially thank the guinea-pig Capitals of 43 years ago for hammering that point home.

"And I know I'm not at my peak", Tuch said.

"We didn't want to be a doormat". "To make this run, it's awesome for us, but it all comes back to the city and the people affected by that".