Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Golden Knights win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

Golden Knights win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

The Washington Nationals outfielder and Las Vegas native admitted that he wants to see the Golden Knights win it all, and he even hopes to be at Game 4 in D.C. wearing Vegas gear.

Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant hasn't been bashful about giving the Bellemare-Nosek-Reaves unit their share of shifts, and that faith paid dividends on an evening that began with boxing ring announcer Michael "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Buffer performing the introductions.

The Caps will face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on Monday night. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. Ten goals by nine different players, four lead changes and some controversy, to be sure, which we'll get to later.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the visitors. The game crossed its 5.5-point over/under midway through the second period and saw a combined 43 shots on goal by the second intermission. Never separated by more than one goal until the empty netter. "The atmosphere is just a Vegas atmosphere".

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The opener did have some controversy. "I remember everything", said Marchessault, who went through concussion protocol but returned to finish the game.

Initially, referees Marc Joannette and Wes McCauley missed the play. Wilson has been suspended three times during the year and this was another questionable play. The Golden Knights' David Perron also received a matching penalty for going after Alex Ovechkin, so there was no power play on the hit. "I don't know if you guys knew, but I told everybody I was going to save them for the playoffs". CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo looks at two players from each team who could take home the award as playoff MVP. Marchessault was forced to the dressing room, but would return to the ice minutes later. "He was yelling at me from the bench". Nicklas Backstrom then gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with 4:37 remaining with his fifth goal of the postseason. Vegas could be in trouble should the rest of the series continue to be a high-scoring affair, because that would seemingly favor Washington.

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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