As Vegas and Washington undergo their final preparations for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, dig in to the historical impact of a Game 1 victory and what history might be able to tell us about what to expect as the two teams open the final. It is Carlson's franchise-record 17th career postseason goal.
The Stanley Cup Final is underway at T-Mobile Arena with the Capitals meeting the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The trio of Ryan Reaves, Tomas Nosek and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were on the ice for both the game-tying and winning goals by Reaves and Nosek, respectively.
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. But the teams played 4 on 4 for the next two minutes, with Wilson getting whistled for interference, while David Perron went off for cross checking in the ensuing scuffle.
The Knights, who have been labelled the 'Golden Misfits' by some of the players, were given odds of 500-1 to win the title at the start of their inaugural campaign. "I remember everything", Marchessault said after the game. 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.
Gallant employs his fourth line for key face-offs in the defensive zone. "We're going to fix that in our game".
As the score would attest, offense wasn't in short supply in Game 1.
Strangely enough, none of the 10 goals came off the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who only had two shots on net, though he did have an assist in the game. "We just have to forget about it and bounce back next one".
Nosek, who had just 15 points and seven goals in 67 games during the regular season, scored his second and third goals of the playoffs.
Nicklas Backstrom, with a goal and an assist, Brett Connolly, John Carlson and Tom Wilson replied for the Capitals. Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs.
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