Golden Knights beat Panthers in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

A question heading into the Stanley Cup Final was whether the Vegas Golden Knights’ Adin Hill could continue his strong play and keep pace with red-hot Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The answer was yes in Game 1 as the Golden Knights beat the Panthers 5-2 on Saturday night with Hill making the save of the playoffs. He had 32 saves to 29 for Bobrovsky.

The Golden Knights, who reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural 2017-18 season, are three wins from their first championship. Game 2 is Monday night in Las Vegas (8 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Golden Knights got goals from Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and Reilly Smith, members of that 2017-18 team, plus Zach Whitecloud and Mark Stone to offset goals by Florida’s Eric Staal and Anthony Duclair.

A look at Game 1:

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Vegas Golden Knights goalie Adin Hill makes a stick save against the Florida Panthers' Nick Cousins.

Brilliant save by Golden Knights’ Adin Hill

Hill was busy in the first period, making eight saves, getting beat on an Eric Staal short-handed wraparound goal and even being involved in a scrum.

But he saved his best for the second period. Nick Cousins had a wide-open net to put the puck in after a tic-tac-toe passsing play, but Hill stretched out and got the blade of his stick on the shot. Cousins had another chance, but Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo broke up the play.

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