The "Empress of Soul" was at T-Mobile Arena performing "God Bless America" in honor of Memorial Day in the United States at Game 1 of the Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals.
Who will survive to raise the greatest trophy in pro sports at the end of it all?
Three wins separate the Vegas Golden Knights from the most improbable championship run in National Hockey League history.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Golden Knights.
"There were some swings, some momentum (shifts) on both sides", said Fleury, who came in with a.947 save percentage in the playoffs. And the Golden Knights have been doing this all season, so now that they're in the Stanley Cup final, that group getting key ice time and being relied on for a contribution is not something completely foreign to them.
"I think he might has been a little surprised by it", said Wilson, who was suspended for three games in the second round for a hit against Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese.
Tomas Nosek scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and then added an empty netter as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. After a largely forgettable first period, Washington found itself up 2-1 because of two goals on its first five shots.
Game 1 was a ideal example of role players stepping up in a time of need, which we see in nearly every sport when it gets to the championship round of the postseason. "I'm sure the next game is going to be a better game". But the bottom line is we won the game so we're going to be a lot happier than they are. "I know we have another level in our game". Simply put, the goal Reaves scored should not have counted.
They even got Michael Buffer to do the player introductions.
"I dont think?anybody? believes in us and nobody believes in Vegas, and were right now in the Stanley Cup finals and we fight for a Cup", Ovechkin said Sunday. Holtby stood strong between the pipes, but eventually surrendered the game to the Golden Knights. That said, those gaps in the schedule may, conversely, make it that much easier for the Golden Knights to maintain their often-relentless style.
The Knights opened the scoring through Miller but their rivals took a 2-1 lead with two goals in 42 seconds from Connolly and Backstrom.