National Hockey League: Stanley Cup Finals
LAS VEGAS (AP) After just one game, its already clear this Stanley Cup Final is on thin ice. Thin, patchy, slushy, rut-riddled ice.
The Vegas Golden Knights have shocked the sporting world by playing for a championship in their inaugural season. But their incredible playoff run has taken them straight into summer in the Mojave Desert, where temperatures routinely soar past 100 degrees from May to October.
With sizzling heat outside and a frenzied sellout crowd inside, T-Mobile Arenas ice melted into an inconsistent playing surface for the Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in the series opener.