We are going to Watch Golden Knights VS Capitals NHL Stanley Cup Finals Match on 31 May 2018. LAS VEGAS – Three wins separate the Golden Knights from the most unlikely championship race in NHL history.
Vegas wiped out a deficit in the third period and survived a late Washington way of chances to win 6-4 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final in front of a raucous capacity crowd at T-Mobile Arena.
Tomas Nosek, the former Wings Red Wings Detroit rider who Vegas plucked in last summer’s expansion plan, impressively scored the winning goal in the middle of the third period and then added the decisive argument with a goal in a desert net in the last seconds.
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Vegas won because he missed almost no chance as Washington hit a crossbar and took advantage of a perfect shot opportunity in the final seconds. The center of Capitals, Lars Eller, does not sleep well after feeding in the slot with an open net with 43 seconds to go. (Imagine also doing overtime on an instant classic like this.)
Los Angeles, San Jose, and Winnipeg provided little resistance to William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith. Judging by the Monday night game, Washington will fight with the group’s elite speed and tight control like the Western teams.
The trio combined for 47 points in the first three rounds of the playoffs and added another four on Monday. Karlsson scored Golden Knights‘ second goal by stuffing the house with a bounce behind Washington guardian Braden Holtby’s right leggings to tie the game with 1:41 left in the first period, a change in mind when Vegas was skating rings around the capitals.
They received the unlikely help of defender Deryk Engelland to take a 3-2 lead when Engelland jumped to start a 3-on-2 race that led to Smith House pounding an open look in front of Holtby at 3:21 of the second period.
Ryan Reaves is best known as a fighter. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored eight points in 82 games in Philadelphia last year. Nosek fought in the lineup after playing 11 games last season with the red wings and had a good start three times in the playoffs.
Yet, for all the flash of the best line of the Golden Knights, the fourth trio of Vegas played as well as ice on any group.
Reaves buried in an open opportunity in front of the net for the tying goal 91 seconds after Washington took the lead in the third period on a goal from Tom Wilson. Returning from Pittsburgh to the trade deadline, Reaves also scored the goal of the series in Winnipeg with a high-powered shot. Vegas fans in love with their great man chanted his name every time he touched the puck.
Nosek a timed home winning goal from the right circle on a cross pass from Shea Theodore to score 9:41, then added a desert net with three seconds. He has already had three points in 12 playoff games this season.
“It’s great when we see these guys being rewarded,” said Vegas coach Gerard Gallant in fourth-row. “They are part of our group.”
The Golden Knights moved to 7-1 at home in the playoffs in front of one of the biggest crowds in the league. Vegas also went 34-5-2 in the regular season scoring first.
Neither of them counted for Washington, which should bode well for them in a series where Vegas has the advantage of local ice. The Capitals came back twice after the Golden Knights took the lead, leading 4-3 early in the third period.
“I think we have another level to our game,” said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. “It’s the exciting thing.”
Marc-André Fleury will receive consideration from Conn Smythe, whether Vegas wins or not Holtby has already won two games 7 in these playoffs.
Both fought on Monday, and the one who recovers faster will give their team a huge advantage. Both teams forced the opposing team’s goaltender to move sideways throughout the night, creating opportunities to open the net from start to finish.
Holtby also allowed a number of summary rebounds, especially in the second period. Fleury stopped Miller’s playoff goal but failed to find the puck that went through her legs.
Capitals defenseman John Carlson ranks at the top of most