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#nocaps: ryan reaves having the time of his life as vgk leads in stanley cup final

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if the stanley cup final means added pressure you'd never know it by watching winger ryan reaves, who scored another key goal in game one.

“it was good to get that one finally in front of vegas. it's been 3-and-a-half months,” said reaves. “i'm having a blast. i don't think i've stopped smiling when i've been on the ice.”

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on tuesday, the team is back on the ice practicing in front of not only fans but also dozens of out-of-state media crews.

coach gerard gallant had some comments on the golden knights’ performance on opening night.

“it was a little sloppy game at times,” said gallant. “the ice wasn't good either. but you do the best you can and both teams will be better tomorrow night.”

“there's areas we can get better for sure,” said golden knights center erik haula. “sloppy is probably a good word for it. but end of the day, we get the win and that's all that matters.”

winning is also what matters to the tens of thousands of people both inside and outside t-mobile arena.

game one against the capitals was physical throughout. players expect that will continue.

“we've shown throughout the playoffs we can play any type of team,” said defenseman luca sbisa “a team that skates fast, a team that's physical, teams that are a mix of both. we're prepared for it.”

if you're keeping track of "firsts" in this inaugural season, how about colin miller, who scored the first goal in a stanley cup final in franchise history. he says it was nice to see that one go in.

“the whole ride, the playoffs has been fun,” miller said. “our team does a good job keeping it light. i think there's a balance for sure.”

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