Golden Knights Outlast Capitals 6-4 In Stanley Cup Final Opener

Golden Knights Outlast Capitals 6-4 In Stanley Cup Final Opener

The Vegas Golden Knights, who at one point held 500-to-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, are your Western Conference champs in their inaugural season.

Fleury enters the Stanley Cup Final with a.947 save percentage that will be very hard to maintain, but he'll be among the all-time great performers if he can do it.

The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn't given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn't seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights.

The Golden Knights pulled away in the third period, but the Capitals left the ice with the belief they could steal Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena.

And when the dust finally settled on the back-and forth affair, it was a pair of wildcards who led the Golden Knights to a 6-4 victory to keep the party going on Sin City. "Guys have are having fun and they're smiling".

The Golden Knights played a lot more time with the lead than Washington did in Game 1.

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"We're a good defensive group, but we weren't tonight", Marchessault said. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. "And then it's up to us to make sure that level of show keeps going".

Buffer, however, struggled with some of the names, and Washington captain Alex Ovechkin seemed annoyed with how long it went on, skating in circles along the blue line to stay warm.

McPhee was general manager when the Capitals last made the Cup Final in 1998 but had just taken over the previous summer.

"Washington sports fans, we have it rough. He's just gotten quicker and he's gotten stronger, and I think that's a testament to his commitment to the game".

Reaves has scored 31 career goals in the regular season, registering an average of 0.47 per 60 minutes of ice time.

Nosek then put the Knights ahead after Shea Theodore kept the puck in Washington's zone, sidestepped a defender and fired a attractive cross-ice pass to the Czech forward, who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs. Vegas' vaunted top line generated plenty of offense, even beyond goals for Reilly Smith and William Karlsson. Along with Ovechkin's quiet night, Evgeny Kuznetsov - who scored a whopping 24 points in the first three rounds - also had just one assist.

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Adding to that pressure, the team the Caps played is a stellar Vegas franchise in its first season in the league.

Rebounds have continued to haunt Holtby, who fell to 12-7 in the playoffs.

The Capitals' goals came from Brett Connolly, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Tom Wilson. And Washington was down 3-2 in the East Finals vs. Tampa Bay but won the last two behind shutouts from goalie Braden Holtby.

The Capitals pressed late with Holtby on the bench, but Lars Eller flubbed a golden opportunity on the doorstep with Fleury at his mercy before Nosek sealed it with three seconds left.

"I haven't obviously slowed it down and looked at it, but I think he'd probably say he shouldn't have admired his pass, and I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said. "I never see him coming".

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