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Cup usually goes to Game 1 winner

Making First Impressions: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals is Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Since the finals went to a best-of-7 format in 1939, Game 1 winners have won 57 of 74 series (.770 win pct). Over the last eight seasons, the team winning Game 1 has gone 6-2, including wins in each of the last two seasons.