Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1 Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final
Edward Snyder | 29 May, 2018, 13:04

"I expect us to have a response, we have more to our game", said Caps coach Barry Trotz.

The concert will take place on Toshiba Plaza outside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas before the Vegas Golden Knights and The Washington Capitals.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET in Las Vegas.

The Winnipeg-born Reaves scored the game-winner and series-clincher in Game 5 of the West final between Vegas and the Winnipeg Jets eight days ago.

The Golden Knights were the last ones standing on Monday night.

But Karlsson jammed in his seventh shortside with 1:41 to send the teams to the locker rooms tied 2-2 following a frenetic opening 20 minutes.

But in this game, one that mattered so much to people who live in and around the most powerful city in the world, some who have waited all 43 years of Capitals existence, Wilson made a unsafe play.

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1

Seven minutes later, Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore found Nosek with a wonderful cross-ice pass for a backdoor goal. Marc-Andre Fleury had 24 saves to pick up his 75th career playoff victory, just two behind Mike Vernon for seventh on the all-time list.

Midway through the third period of Game One, Capitals forward Tom Wilson delivered a devastating, open-ice hit to Jonathan Marchessault. The Golden Knights' David Perron also received a matching penalty for going after Alex Ovechkin, so there was no power play on the hit. You know, the reason we're actually here.

Wilson has been under the microscope during Washington's playoff run, serving a three-game suspension for a devastating hit on Zach Aston-Reese of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. "He looked fine at the end when he was yelling at me from the bench".

Forward Ryan Reaves, hardly a beacon of good behavior himself, added: "It was a late, blindside hit like Wilson always does".

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was on a pretty good roll entering the championship series, having blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final two games of the East final. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom scored 42 seconds apart in the first period to put the Capitals ahead 2-1.

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. Of those 56 home teams to win Game 1, 48 have then gone on to win the Stanley Cup.




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