Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Holtby stoned a Deryk Engelland shot and the following shot missed wide, but the Knights continued the assault.

Nicklas Backstrom, with a goal and an assist, Brett Connolly, John Carlson and Tom Wilson replied for the Capitals.

Game 1 marked the first contest in the history of the 104-year history of the Stanley Cup Final to feature four lead changes.

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.

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final
Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Marchessault, by his own account, is going to be OK, but such a hit could well have brought an end to a playoff performance that's generating some Conn Smythe buzz.

Wilson delivered his crushing open-ice hit moments later to Marchessault, who was shaken up on the play.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he knew his team can play at "another level".

Vegas won 6-4 to take a 1-0 series lead. Carlson, left alone in the slot, tied the game for the third time at the 8:29 mark off a slick no-look pass from Oshie from the right circle. The puck was almost out of Oshie's reach, but in one motion he grabbed it and curled it to the slot for Carlson.

An outdoor pre-game concert by Lil Jon, an elaborate on-ice show that would put Medieval Times to shame, and introductions performed by Michael Buffer made for a unique introduction to the Cup Final.

A drum line with flashing lights pumped up the crowd during breaks, while Canadian-born professional fan Cameron Hughes danced and hurled T-shirts into the stands.

It's the 12th time in 16 playoff games this spring that the Golden Knights scored first.

After Miller scored the Knights' first goal on a power play and ended Holtby's scoreless streak at almost 167 minutes, Washington calmly surged ahead later in the first period with goals 42 seconds apart.

At the very root of things, though, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final will be much like that of any other series that has come before. "A lot of times you feel like the game is going in one direction and then they score and we score".

Wilson was suspended for three games against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the postseason following a high hit that broke Zach Aston-Reese's jaw.

The Caps winger thew a late, blindside check on Jonathan Marchessault that sent the Vegas Golden Knights forward to the locker room at 5:53 of the third period of Game 1 and earned Wilson a penalty for interference. The 2011 Boston Bruins were the last team to rally after losing the opener when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.

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