2018 NHL Playoffs: The LA-Vegas Rivalry is born
Thousands of towels being waved in unison like it was Heinz
Field, followed by an extreme ‘Game of Thrones-like’ intro, The Golden Knights’
first playoff game at T-Mobile Arena had Vegas written all over it.
The Knights’ unique, medieval pregame show was only fitting
for their first year as an NHL franchise, and playoff appearance. Sparked by a
sell-out crowd and their Vegas-like
antics, the Knights were off and running with a 1-0 lead within the first few
minutes of the game.
The playoff atmosphere was immediately apparent after seeing
these teams break out in numerous scrums in front of the net, fighting for any
inch to separate each other in just a one-possession game. Whether it was Vegas’
lavish presentation or the aurora created by T-Mobile Arena, you could feel the
sense of hate from the Los Angeles Kings.
Game 1 looks like not only the beginning of a great series,
but also the start of a new rivalry in the NHL.
Even though the Kings’ Jonathan Quick missed a key save
early in the game, still both of the goalkeepers starred in this series opener.
The Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury put a whopping 30 – save shutout against the
Kings, while Quick locked it down after the first score.
Vegas’ boost for the Knights was something special; their
home advantage this playoff series cannot be ignored.
The Knights grabbed the momentum right out of the arena completely,
and it immediately took it with them the first wing, making a major contribution
to their win. The Kings began to settle in though, after Vegas had cooled down
throughout the second period – creating great opportunities to tie, or perhaps
win the game.
Will the Knights be aggressive early again in game 2? I have
a feeling this could be a hell of a series.