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#nocaps: can the golden knights do it again in game 2?

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can they do it again?

the vegas golden knights looking to extend their lead in the stanley cup final tonight after beating back the capitals on monday.

game two begins in just a few hours down at t-mobile arena, and the players are going in with a lot of confidence.

coach gallant says he doesn't expect tonight's score to be quite so high as the 6-4 game on monday, but players say they are ready for battle.

an early start time did not stop fans from packing the house at city national arena for the morning practice. so many showed up that wristbands were required due to space issues.

the players’ optional skate lasted less than 30 minutes as players prepared for game 2 of the stanley cup final.

the golden knights’ nate schmidt commented on what improvements the team needs to make before game 2 of the stanely cup final

“i think we have to do a better job managing the puck,” said schmidt. “we turned the puck over too many times last game, and we have to do better job breaking out defensively. that's a big part of the game.”

game one on monday night was fast and physical, and players expect more of the same.

winger reilly smith accounted for one of the knights’ six goals.

“it was special,” said smith. “pretty lucky bounce to jump on that in front of the net.”

smith says playing in the stanley cup final is beyond special.

“it's a tough journey to make it this far. wveryone wants to make the most of it,” said smith.

still, players know the washington capitals will not go quietly. center william karlsson says they are a very dangerous team offensively.

the team faced other obstacles in game one as well, such as sloppy ice, but forward william karlsson said that these problems shouldn’t be setbacks.

“yea, the puck was a little bouncy,” said karlsson. “ but we just got to be ready for every possible bounce.”

june is the time of year when a lot of hockey players are working on their golf game, but defenceman deryk engelland very much appreciates that the team is still playing.

“it's what everyone wants to be playing for, playing in june,” said engelland. “it's been a long season, a lot of fun. to be here at this point it's awesome.”

nate schmidt agrees.

“it's great, it's something we dream of doing,” schmidt said. “you hear from friends of mine that are starting to work out already that doesn't sound like fun, this is a lot more fun than that, that's for sure.

here's another treat for people going into the game tonight: imagine dragons will be opening up game 2, performing inside t-mobile arena.

so if you have a ticket, do not be late to this game.

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