Ramblings: Cup Final Begins!; Seattle; Heopniemi; Real-Time Stat Targets – May 29

Michael Clifford

2018-05-29

This Cup Final is one that has something for everyone. The expansion team from a non-traditional market where the fans have showed up from Game One of the regular season and made it *their* team and the team that was perennial contenders only to always flame out. Loads of skill on both sides bundled with pace that a casual fan can enjoy. Literally something for everyone.

Also, there was a trebuchet. The pre-game ceremony had an actual trebuchet, for the non-hockey fan who’s also a medieval weapons professor. This whole thing was nuts in the most awesome kind of way:

The actual game lived up to the hype. Vegas carried the play early though we had a 2-2 score through 20 minutes. A goal from Colin Miller was replied by both Nicklas Backstrom and Brett Connolly, only to be replied in kind by William Karlsson. Reilly Smith made it 3-2 Vegas early in the second period and that top line for Vegas, as it has most of the year, was absolutely flying. An equalizer from John Carlson came about five minutes after the Smith goal and we were knotted at three through two. That goal, by the way, was courtesy of this sublime pass from TJ Oshie:

Stop me if you've heard it before, but Tom Wilson laid a dirty hit. In the middle of the third period, Marchessault chipped the puck in and well after the puck was gone, Wilson came in and went shoulder to shoulder with him. It was a blatant interference that forced Marchessault to go through concussion protocol. We'll see if the DoPS comes up with anything here, but considering Wilson has three suspensions *this season* it's pretty hard to give him any benefit of the doubt or a reason