Golden Knights rally to top Caps in Stanley Cup Final Game 1

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Harper may not have expected the Golden Knights to reach this point, but he at least imagined the possibility that Vegas would face his adopted hometown's Capitals in the finals.

That certainly was the case in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. Nor should it be a surprise that a pivotal goal in the game was scored as the direct result of a blatant cross-check right in front of a referee.

Last night at the T-Mobile Arena, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was underway. Those players made the difference down the stretch as they accounted for three goals - one from Reaves and two from Tomas Nosek - all of which came in the third period to help seal the win for the Golden Knights. We've got you covered with how to stay on top of all the action.

It was the key to Vegas' Game 1 victory that was the most surprising.

Their duel between the pipes looked more like survival in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Vegas Golden Knights outlasted the Washington Capitals, 6-4.

Ultimately, the Golden Knights beat Holtby five times (adding an empty-netter for insurance) on 33 shots on goal, while Fleury made 24 of 28 saves. They got this far and that's good enough. Without him, they weren't beating us past year. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. "I know we have another level to our game".

Buffer, however, struggled with some of the names, and Washington captain Alex Ovechkin seemed annoyed with how long it went on, skating in circles along the blue line to stay warm.

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"I think as a whole we can play a lot better", Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said. "For us, you just saw guys expand their roles and be able to become players in this league that we all thought we could be".

Nosek then put the Knights ahead after Shea Theodore kept the puck in Washington's zone, sidestepped a defender and fired a attractive cross-ice pass to the Czech forward, who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs. Brought in from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, Reaves also scored the series-clinching goal in WInnipeg on a deft tip of a point shot. We're so proud of the Vegas Golden Knights, their unbelievable fans, and a city that has stayed strong through everything.

And then the Knights and Caps put on a high-energy production of their own with plenty of fireworks and drama. You also expect fourth lines to respond to hits like Wilsons in the third period by responding in kind, but instead, the fourth line delivered its second of three goals on the night, off the stick of Nosek.

Rebounds have continued to haunt Holtby, who fell to 12-7 in the playoffs.

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. Marchessault had to leave following the Wilson hit but was cleared in the concussion protocol and returned.

Schmidt was left unprotected by the Capitals in the NHL Expansion Draft and selected by the Golden Knights.