Golden Knights edge Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

Tyler Owen
May 29, 2018

"All that and we get a game too?"

Tomas Nosek scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner with 10:16 remaining in the third period, to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a wild 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on Monday night.

This year's Stanley Cup Final got underway on Monday night in Vegas and it was pretty insane. Vegas had outscored its opponents 10-0 in the first period at home during the playoffs, but the Caps got two goals.

One of the most impressive things about this Golden Knights team is their ability to suffocate the opposing team's offensive attack - just ask the Winnipeg Jets - and that was on display early in Game 1. Marchessault would return to the game after passing the concussion protocol.

With a series win in game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final on May 23, the Washington Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup finals for just the second time since joining the National Hockey League in 1974-75.

The Capitals pressed late with Holtby on the bench, with Lars Eller flubbing on a wide-open net, but were unable to find an equalizer before Nosek sealed it. Midway through the second period, the Capitals and Golden Knights are tied 3-3. "I don't really have to talk more about it", Marchessault said. Wilson was eventually assessed a two-minute penalty for interference, and many in the nation's capital were left wondering why Reaves' goal didn't receive similar scrutiny.

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Now that we know the two teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup, the conversation regarding who should be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor can truly begin.

As incensed teammates flocked to Wilson, Marchessault headed to the locker room under his own power. "A lot of great players on that team as well". I mean, where does it end? "I believe it was a good, clean hit".

Wilson has been under the microscope during Washington's playoff run, serving a three-game suspension for a devastating hit on Zach Aston-Reese of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

As one might expect, historically speaking, the Golden Knights will enter Game 1 with a slight edge given they'll be hitting the ice at home.

The Capitals then went ahead for the first time just 42 seconds later when Backstrom, who suffered a hand injury in the second round that forced him to miss four games, scored his fifth.

Holtby allowed five goals on 33 shots, but his defence didn't have an answer for how diligent the Golden Knights were around the Washington goal.

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