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

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Game 1 was a ideal example of role players stepping up in a time of need, which we see in nearly every sport when it gets to the championship round of the postseason. Although goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the save and accidentally kicked the puck in, Wilson was left alone, too.

This goalie matchup actually gives us a showdown of two of the best playoff goalies over the past five years. "We have more to our game". The previous best was a 12.6 rating which was from Game 7 of the eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay. But Washington's 2-1 lead did not last long. It was also historic, as it was the first time a Stanley Cup Final game ever featured four lead changes.

The Capitals were prepared for a strong start from the Golden Knights, the team feeding off the energy of its raucous crowd and then vice versa. "I know we have another level to our game".

One more shutout would also give Fleury his 15th in post-season history, passing Dominik Hasek, and making him just the sixth goalie to get that many in a career.

Fourth-line forward Tomas Nosek scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and had an empty-net goal with 2.7 seconds left.

Then, moments later, Tom Wilson, who has a reputation of playing on the edge, took a run at Jonathan Marchessault in the neutral zone and delivered a bone-jarring hit that really got under the skin of the Vegas players. 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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But Washington answered back once again, getting a score from John Carlson 5:08 later.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights can pull off one of most improbable runs in US sports history with a win over the Washington Capitals in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Vegas had outscored its opponents 10-0 in the first period at home during the playoffs, but the Caps got two goals. Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, and William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Colin Miller also scored goals for Vegas, which improved to 13-3 in the playoffs, including 7-1 at home. Carlson fell to the ice, which opened up the necessary space for Reaves to roof the shot past Braden Holtby.

Simply put, the goal Reaves scored should not have counted.

Vegas didn't let Wilson's hit affect its play.

"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.

"And the horn sounds, and that takes care of the first!"

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