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Caps and Golden Knights Meet Up on Monday in Vegas

Twenty years after their only previous journey to the Stanley Cup final, the Caps are back. While they faced and ultimately fell to a revered Original Six franchise in the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, this time around the Caps are facing a team that did not even exist at this time last year.

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canada goose factory outlet “Obviously it’s unique,” says Caps goalie Braden Holtby. “No one has ever done it before, obviously. But there are a lot of players that we’ve played against a lot. [The Golden Knights] play a similar style to other teams, so it’s not anything crazy. They work hard. canada goose factory outlet

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“They are what you see. They work really hard, they’ve got a lot of skill, they’ve got a great goalie and a pretty strong [defense] corps. So we’re not going to have a lot of time and space, we’re going to have to match their intensity and dictate the pace of play. At this point of the year, you expect that it’s going to be a battle.”

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