Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Vegas got three goals from its fourth line, all in the third period. Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Capitals, will try to play spoiler to the Golden Knights' unbelievable playoff run as he heads into his first Stanley Cup final since joining the league in 2005-06.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

The opener did have some controversy. Referees Wes McCauley and Marc Joannette missed a blatant cross-check by Reaves on John Carlson on the sequence he scored. 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.

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.

The electric atmosphere around T-Mobile Arena started two hours prior to the late-afternoon start time, with rapper Lil Jon revving up the crowd in a packed plaza outside the rink before a pre-game spectacle on the ice with actors portraying a knight and his archers defeating an invading army - in this case, the Capitals.

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson finds himself in the spotlight once again after another controversial hit. The two teams combined for 62 shots on goal, and the third period alone featured four goals.

Marchessault spent time in the concussion quiet room but was allowed to return. "I don't really have to talk more about it", Marchessault said. Trotz said he thought the Capitals were going to the power play. "He was yelling at me from the bench".

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1

"I saw the hit".

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was on a pretty good roll entering the championship series, having blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final two games of the East final.

The Knights opened the scoring through Miller but their rivals took a 2-1 lead with two goals in 42 seconds from Connolly and Backstrom. Vegas could be in trouble should the rest of the series continue to be a high-scoring affair, because that would seemingly favor Washington.

It was the first time the Knights had trailed at home in regulation in the play-offs but they levelled through Karlsson.

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.

Notes: The victor of Game 1 has lifted the Cup 78.2 per cent of the time since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 (61 of 78).

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