The Las Vegas-based pop-rock band Imagine Dragons were the star performers prior to Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals at the T-Mobile Arena. The group performed their hit single "Whatever It Takes" in front of a capacity crowd of 18702 spectators.
"Whatever it Takes" has been extremely popular in the United States, Slovakia and Ukraine, where it has reached number one in the weekly charts. It should be noted that like Imagine Dragons, hockey is extremely popular in the European country of Slovakia, as the nation has won four medals in the history of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championships, including a gold medal at the 2002 World Men's Hockey Championship in Sweden. Slovakia is also the home country of Golden Knights left winger Tomas Tatar who has one goal in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Whatever it Takes" has also been extremely popular in the sports world. It was the official theme song of the WWE pay-per-view event Battleground and has been included in the Madden NFL 18 video game.
On Thursday, it seemed Imagine Dragons was a spark for Capitals center Lars Eller, who had three points in a 3-2 Capitals win over the Golden Knights. With the win, the Capitals tied the Golden Knights at one game apiece in the best out of seven series.
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