Instead, 8 million viewers watched some part of Game 1 between Vegas and Washington in Canada, which represented a 4% increase from last year's Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Nashville.
Lars Eller, who has seen moments of brilliance so far this postseason, was playing in Evgeny Kuznetsov's usual spot on the team's first power-play unit after the latter was injured off a hit in the first period.
"The best people that I've seen in hockey", Brian Rankin, a recently converted Golden Knights fan said.
After getting battered in the Knights' 6-4 series-opening win, Holtby made several big saves throughout Game 2, coming up particularly big while Washington killed a 5-on-3 disadvantage for 1:09 earlier in the third period. Brooks Orpik, who hadn't scored a goal in since February 20, 2016 (220 games including the regular season and playoffs), scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
With 1:59 remaining of a one-goal game, the Golden Knights dumped the puck into the offensive zone and gave chase.
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Then, as if the National Hockey League refs knew we were having far too much fun watching this game, they inserted themselves into the game as they are so apt to do. "He was probably the difference in the hockey game". Cody Eakin pounced on it and fed a cross-crease pass to Alex Tuch. "I want to be productive and I want to play for the team that trusts in me and I will give them everything I can to make them proud and successful".
"It's obviously pretty easy to stay focused", said Caps forward Jay Beagle.
Coming two nights after Washington's Tom Wilson had caught Vegas' playoff scoring leader Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit, you knew that the Golden Knights would be seeking retribution. Holtby entered Game 2 with a.930 save percentage after a loss.
"We don't have the last change, so you can match up what you want", said Gallant.
"I think this group has learned so much".
"Every time this team has faced some adversity, whether it's been down in a series, in games, or we've lost important players at crucial times, players have just stepped up to the plate and everybody has just been a little bit better", Eller said.
The persistent Knights earned a power play and cut the Caps' lead to 3-2 late in the second on Theodore's shot through traffic.
The Capitals goalie might have looked shaky when he allowed five goals in Game 1. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.