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After a thrilling start to the Stanley Cup Final, it’s on to Game 2 on Monday night in Las Vegas where the Vegas Golden Knights are looking to go up 2-0 and the Washington Capitals are looking to steal a game on enemy ice and go back home with the series tied. 

Game 1 featured just about everything, including a sword fight and Michael Buffer in a wild pregame ceremony. The Golden Knights delivered the crushing blow late in a game that featured four lead changes, breaking a 4-4 tie in the third period before adding another goal in the closing seconds for a 6-4 victory. 

There was also some controversy, with Caps winger Tom Wilson leveling Jonathan Marchessault on a late hit which sent Marchessault into the locker room for concussion testing. Marchessault later returned after clearing tests, but the Golden Knights were adamant after the game that they thought Wilson deserved a suspension, though the NHL opted against suspending the winger who has a history of questionable hits. 

Who wins Game 2 of a Stanley Cup Final that no one saw coming featuring the expansion Knights and the seemingly cursed Caps? No matter who wins this series, someone is getting their first Cup.

Follow along with our live blog for updates and scroll below for the series schedule, how to watch information and our staff predictions. If the live blog isn’t working, click here

How to watch

TV: NBC, NBCS
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App

(All times ET)

  • Game 1: Golden Knights 6, Capitals 4
  • Game 2 (in Vegas): Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET (NBCS)
  • Game 3 (in Washington): Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. ET (NBCS)
  • Game 4 (in Washington): Monday, June 4, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Game 5 (in Vegas): Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Game 6 (in Washington): Sunday, June 10, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Game 7 (in Vegas): Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)

Playoff bracket

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CBSSports.com illustration by Mike Meredith

Predictions

Blackburn: I’ve been picking against the Golden Knights every step of the way and they keep proving me wrong. My head says to take Vegas here — they’ve got the hottest goaltender and I love their ability to suffocate teams with speed and pressure on the puck — but my heart says Capitals. Washington has a wealth of weapons and I just can’t bring myself to root against Ovi finally getting his Cup. Capitals in 7.

Benjamin: It all comes down to this. Vegas has defied all the odds — literally, all of them — thanks to its supreme balance and supreme outings from Marc-Andre Fleury. And if anyone’s destined to cap off such a historic run in surreal fashion, it’s the Golden Knights. But speaking of destiny, these Capitals won’t die, and Alex Ovechkin is grinding his way toward something that’s escaped him for far too long. Braden Holtby is on point, which goes a long way, even though this thing should be close. Capitals in 6.

Skiver: I’ve been wrestling with this decision since the Final were set. The expansion Golden Knights or the Capitals, who have seemingly broken the shackles of their playoff curse. This series is about as evenly matched as you could hope for, but I can’t pick against Marc-Andre Fleury right now. He’s been so good this postseason, and the Golden Knights have been so dominant, it’s hard to imagine them losing. The Capitals have been an amazing story this postseason, but when it comes down to a toss-up — even one involving Alex Ovechkin — I can’t pick against the better net-minder. Golden Knights in 7.  

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