Adin Hill sends a warning to the Florida Panthers after Game 1.
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Adin Hill sends a warning to the Florida Panthers after Game 1.

The goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights is putting the Florida Panthers on notice.

Jonathan Larivee

The Stanley Cup Final boasts an interesting duel between a pair of goaltenders who were not the starting goalie for their respective teams coming into the Stanley Cup playoffs, put a pair of goaltenders that have shined nonetheless.

Both Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers and Adin Hill of the Vegas Golden Knights had solid performances in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and both men nearly got involved physically as well as things escalated at several points throughout the game.

You might have expected something of that nature to rattle the relatively inexperienced Hill, who despite having over 100 NHL games under his belt has always played in a backup role, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only was Hill comfortable with the physicality in his crease, he sent a message following Game 1 that any intrusions into the blue paint would be met with the appropriate level of retaliation on his part.

"I can stand my own ground," said Hill after Game 1. "If they are gonna come to my crease I'll give it back a little."

In spite of that Hill did indicate that he knows it's important not to let himself get carried away by his emotions in the moment.

"Keep your temper in check too," said Hill. "Can't get too riled up, it's about stopping the next shot.

Hill has done plenty of that with a 2.06 goals against average and a .938 save percentage through his 12 games in these Stanley Cup playoffs.