The pre-game shows that happen at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas are usually wild and that set the tone for Game 1. For the first time since 2007 (Ottawa Senators vs Anaheim Ducks), two teams were meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals that have never won before. Tomas Nosek scored the game-winning goal with 10:16 remaining in regulation on a beautiful pass from Shea Theodore and it lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-4 victory in Game 1 over the Washington Capitals. Vegas leads this series 1-0.
Colin Miller scored a power-play goal for the Golden Knights 7:15 into the game. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom scored goals for the Capitals in the first-period in a span of 42 seconds. William Karlsson tied the game at two for Vegas with 1:41 left in the first period.
Reilly Smith scored for Vegas in the second period. John Carlson scored for the Capitals in the second-period after T.J. Oshie forced a turnover. Tom Wilson skated full speed at Jonathan Marchessault in the second-period and he injured him. It was a clean shoulder hit but it was a dirty intent because Marchessault didn’t have the puck. He had to go into concussion protocol.
He would return during the middle of the third period. Speaking of the third period, Tom Wilson scored 1:10 into the third for the Capitals. He scored because the puck went off of Marc-Andre Fleury’s back skate and into the net. Ryan Reaves scored 1:31 after Wilson’s goal for the Vegas Golden Knights to tie the game at four.
Late in the game, Lars Eller had a chance to tie the game at five for Washington, but Brayden McNabb disrupted the play. It eventually led to Nosek’s second goal of the game on an empty netter with three seconds remaining in regulation.
Braden Holtby was shaky for the Washington Capitals. He did make 28 saves, but the goals Holtby gave up was bad because he wasn’t steady in the crease. Marc-Andre Fleury was alright for the Vegas Golden Knights and he made 24 saves.
Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be on Wednesday Night in Vegas.