Nosek, Golden Knights top Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

Nosek, Golden Knights top Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

The team announced it will host a #VGKWorldwide scavenger hunt contest Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas for two tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup FInal.

"With the Vegas Golden Knights poised to host Game 1 of their series against Washington on Monday, the City of Las Vegas is going all in against the Capitals' online rallying cry of "#ALLCAPS".

But it was a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic that fans at a raucous T-Mobile Arena were celebrating as the Knights inched closer to an improbable championship.

Nosek scored twice, including the game-winner at the 9:44 mark and empty-net goal to seal it with 2.67 seconds remaining while Reaves tied it 4-4, scoring for the second straight game.

With a series win in game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final on May 23, the Washington Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup finals for just the second time since joining the National Hockey League in 1974-75. Two teams, the best in their respective conferences and divisions, will square off against one another with the sport's greatest prize on the line. "A lot of times you feel like the game is going in one direction and then they score and we score. The way we managed pucks and stuff", Trotz said. "I think we have another level to our game, that's the exciting thing". Vegas had outscored its opponents 10-0 in the first period at home during the playoffs, but the Caps got two goals. I've been told that we're talking tenths [of a second] here. But first, they'll have to catch the speedy Golden Knights. Washington still played a strong offensive game and had chances to win, but never slowed the Knights.

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It was the first goal Holtby had allowed since May 19, after more than seven periods and 164 total minutes without letting one by. Marchessault, who has 8 goals and 11 assists for the Golden Knights, eventually returned to the game.

Holtby allowed five goals on 33 shots, but his defence didn't have an answer for how diligent the Golden Knights were around the Washington goal. Michal Kempny sent in a rifle from the left side of the blue line, and though it would have been off the mark, Fleury shifted left to stop it. Connolly was waiting in the slot and redirected it past Fleury's right side; the puck glanced off the inside of the pipe on its way in.

But Vegas drew even before the period was up.

Colin Miller, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights claimed the series lead. The game crossed its 5.5-point over/under midway through the second period and saw a combined 43 shots on goal by the second intermission. Deryk Engelland chipped in with two assists.

Carlson and Oshie kept the back-and-forth theme alive.

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