Golden Knights' pregame show was freakish start to Stanley Cup

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The Knights are a new team that features two former Flyers that I was rather fond of, Luca Sbisa and Pierre Edward Bellemare.

Per NBC, Monday night's game was up 7 percent from Predators/Penguins past year and up 36 percent from Sharks/Penguins in 2016.

The Golden Knights moved to 7-1 at home in the the playoffs before one of the league's loudest crowds. Here's the full playoff bracket as well, showing each team's road to the Stanley Cup Final.

Fleury stopped 24 shots and has now allowed four goals in four games in a single postseason for the first time - and he has given up at least four goals five times in 15 postseason games against Washington.

It was also the highest-rated game ever on an NBC network in the Washington, D.C., market with a rating of 16.0.

Nosek also scored the winning goal in game one of the Calder Cup Finals last June.

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Colin Miller, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith scored early goals before Nosek added an empty-netter for the Knights, who are three wins away from one of the most improbable championships in recent North American team sports history. But then it was Washingtons turn to respond. And as the clock ticked down on Game 1 and the frenzied fans inside T-Mobile Arena raucously serenaded their boys for their seventh home playoff win against just one loss, you know players and coaches in Los Angeles, San Jose and Winnipeg were watching the topsy-turvy, helter-skelter offering and nodding their heads in grim acknowledgment. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Capitals will be Braden Holtby (12-7, 2.20 GAA) and he will be opposed by Marc-Andre Fleury (13-3, 1.81 GAA). But Washington seemed to push past its nerves and settle into the charged atmosphere. "That's just something that you go back, watch the video, see where there's defaults at times to get the puck back in our team's hands". Its like a party.

Monday marked the first game for the Capitals in the final since their only other appearance in 1998 when they were swept in four straight by the Detroit Red Wings.

Schmidt was left unprotected by the Capitals in the NHL Expansion Draft and selected by the Golden Knights. A long and elaborate pregame ceremony meant puck drop wasnt until 8:22 p.m.

Buffer then provided his patented "Let's Get Ready To Rumble!" call prior to introducing the starting lineups, but struggled with some of the names. Ovechkin skated in circles, antsy and anxious for the game to start.

A minute and 10 seconds into the third period, Washington's Tom Wilson deflected an Alex Ovechkin shot that Fleury appeared to kick into his own net to make it 4-3 for the Capitals. Backstrom followed with his fifth goal of the playoffs into the right side of the net off a wraparound pass from Oshie.

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