Fourth line leads Golden Knights to thrilling Game 1 win over Capitals

Fourth line leads Golden Knights to thrilling Game 1 win over Capitals

Fourth line leads Golden Knights to thrilling Game 1 win over Capitals

And the hockey team that never surrenders.

In many ways, the Golden Knights' story is even more stunning than the 1968 St. Louis Blues' trip to the finals. Will that streak end with the Capitals and Golden Knights this year?

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).

So it's only fitting that after Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup final, the most pivotal question facing the Washington Capitals is how they're going to stop the Vegas Golden Knights' fourth line.

Fourth-line forward Tomas Nosek scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and had an empty-net goal with 2.7 seconds left.

"I think it just took a little time for things to evolve", MacLellan said. "I expected (the pass) the whole time".

If you were hoping that some bad blood would be established in the early going in this series, Game 1 delivered some of the ugly stuff. In addition, Kathryn Tappenand Paul Burmeister will host pre-game and post-game coverage from outside sets in Las Vegas and Washington, capturing the scene amongst the fans alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter. "That's what's exciting to me".

"We don't talk about it a whole lot", Gallant added. "I think we've been feeding off that energy all year".

They even got Michael Buffer to do the player introductions.

Ryan Reaves scored his second goal of the postseason, in as many games, when he smacked a loose puck over the knob of Holtby's stick, just 1:31 after the Capitals had taken a 4-3 lead in the third period.

It was the start that Vegas had been known for. They're deep - they've scored an average of 3.47 goals per game and allowed 2.47- and they can be physical, potentially an asset.

In this Stanley Cup Final, I hold no Sicilian Grudge against either team.

Washington's offense proved it could beat Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, as the Alexander Ovechkin-led attack struck the back of the net on four occasions. "Our team has done a great job of sticking to the game plan and playing the same way and kept coming at them when we're done".

Consider this: only one of Game 1's 10 goals came on the power play.

"When you're working with [players], they're sometimes like your own kids", McPhee said.

Part of that was because of the goaltenders. But neither was particularly sharp early on.

Smith put the home side in front, only for goals from Carlson and Wilson to give the Caps a 4-3 lead, but Reaves equalised before Nosek claimed a rare double. That set the stage for Nosek, who for one magical night became the latest hero in Vegas' unfolding history. "Three more and I'll be more excited for sure".

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