NHL round-up: Vegas Golden Knights dream season continues with Stanley Cup debut victory

Last Updated April 12 2018, 08:01Other Sports
Vegas Golden Knights celebrate their first ever Stanley Cup playoffs goal
Vegas Golden Knights celebrate their first ever Stanley Cup playoffs goal

The Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off with historic wins for the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets, while reigning champions the Pittsburgh Penguins made an ominous start.

Vegas continued their remarkable first season in the NHL by winning their maiden playoff game 1-0 against the Los Angeles Kings, while the Jets - who entered the league as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999 - also broke their post-season duck by seeing off the Minnesota Wild 3-2.

Pittsburgh are used to this stage of the season, though, and started their bid for a third successive Stanley Cup with a 7-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Excitement was high in Vegas, whose team had stunned the hockey world by topping the Pacific Division in their first season.


Stanley Cup winner (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Nashville Predators - 9/2
  • Boston Bruins - 11/2
  • Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/2
  • Vegas Golden Knights - 7/1
  • Winnipeg Jets - 7/1
  • Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/1
  • Washington Capitals - 10/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/1
  • San Jose Sharks - 16/1

And they made a fine start to their maiden post-season when Shea Theodore scored after three minutes and 23 seconds of the opening period.

That proved enough to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, thanks to three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's 30-save shutout.

The city of Winnipeg was also celebrating its first playoff victory as the Jets edged past Minnesota in their series opener.

The Wild overturned a 1-0 deficit early in the third period, but 19-year-old Patrik Laine scored in his first playoff appearance to tie the game before Joe Morrow sparked wild celebrations in Winnipeg with the winner.

In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby scored a natural hat-trick as the Penguins routed the Flyers.

Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin had the Penguins 3-0 up after the first period, before Jake Guentzel's powerplay effort moved them further ahead.

Two-time league MVP Crosby then took centre stage by scoring the remaining three goals.

Related ice hockey links

Most Read

The latest transfer news for Friday July 201

Transfer Daily: latest updates

The latest transfer rumours and completed deals with Chelsea reported to be in talks with Juventus over a big-name striker.

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections2

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Super chances

Richard Fahey talks us through his six-strong team for the Weatherbys Super Sprint while pondering his next move with Sands Of Mali in his latest column.

The team-by-team guide to the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season4

Championship: Team-by-team guide

The new Sky Bet Championship campaign is just around the corner and we have a team-by-team guide ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action5

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Most Read

The latest transfer news for Friday July 201

Transfer Daily: latest updates

The latest transfer rumours and completed deals with Chelsea reported to be in talks with Juventus over a big-name striker.

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections2

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Super chances

Richard Fahey talks us through his six-strong team for the Weatherbys Super Sprint while pondering his next move with Sands Of Mali in his latest column.

The team-by-team guide to the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season4

Championship: Team-by-team guide

The new Sky Bet Championship campaign is just around the corner and we have a team-by-team guide ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action5

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Racing Tips

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Check out the latest tips from Simon Holt

Simon Holt: Kim Super bet

Simon Holt previews Saturday's feature action at Newbury and has two best bets - including Little Kim in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Next Race Off
03:30 Del Mar
4
(4)
Baby Frankie
J: Kent Desormeaux
3
(3)
Two Fifty Coup
J: Heriberto Figueroa
5
(5)
Asaltante
J: Corey Nakatani

Football Tips

Neymar in action for Brazil against Serbia

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in July 2018.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

We have two best bets for the World Cup final

World Cup final betting tips

There's a David v Goliath battle in the World Cup final but will France prove just one game too far for Croatia? Paul Higham has two best bets.