By: Nick Pooler
The Golden Knights have already proved everyone wrong so far, and continue to do so after their game 1 win Monday night in Vegas in front of a sold out home crowd. This game was back and forth the whole way and seemed to be a day where everybody was going to score. The Golden Knights did well with limiting the Capitals star Alex Ovechkin which is obviously going to be key if they want to win 3 more of these.
Colin Miller scored the first goal of the game for Vegas which was scored 7:15 into the game. The Capitals came right back and scored two goals in a matter of 40 seconds to take a 2-1 advantage. Those goals were scored by Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom. The scoring was not done for that period just yet as William Karlsson joined in on the fun with his 7th goal of the postseason to even the game up at the end of 1.
The 2nd period began with a bang when Reilly Smith found the back of the net for the Knights 3:21 into the period. It was assisted by Jonathan Marchessault who had his 11th assist of the playoffs. But yet again, the Capitals fought right back to tie it up at 3 apiece when John Carlson scored for Washington. The teams headed into the 3rd with a 3-3 tie. The 3rd period scoring happened quick when both teams had early goals to start the period. Tom Wilson had his 4th of the playoffs for the Capitals and Ryan Reaves had his 2nd of the playoffs for the Golden Knights. Both were scored before 3 minutes were even taken off the clock in the period.
Tied at 4, it was Tomas Nosek’s turn to be the hero. With 11 minutes to go in the game he broke the tie to make it 5-4 Golden Knights. He even finished it off for good when he scored the open netter with 3 seconds left to send the Golden Knights to a 1-0 series start and a 6-4 win in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
As for the goalies, Braden Holtby had 28 saves on 33 shots and was 0-1 on the powerplay. Marc-Andre Fleury had 24 saves on 28 shots and sent his team to 13-3 this year in the playoffs.
The Golden Knights continue to ride this Cinderella season and it is going to be a blast to see if they can finish this off. Game 2 will be Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET in Vegas.