T.J. Oshie added two assists. LVMPD is honored to help with tonight's historic Game-1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Right after he got up, he said 'good hit.' It's the Stanley Cup Final out there.
Nosek clinched it with an empty-netter with 2.7 seconds remaining.
Seven minutes later, Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore found Nosek with a wonderful cross-ice pass for a backdoor goal.
As happens sometimes in games with high stakes, the refs put away their whistles for a while, leading to an anything goes series of plays through the second and third period. "I remember everything. It was a late hit", Marchessault continued. With a win, they would become the first expansion team in any of the four major US sports leagues - the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL - to win a title in their first season.
Tied 2-2 after a back-and-forth first, Smith swatted home his third of the post-season off an Engelland feed from behind the net at 3:21 of the second with Holtby swimming in his crease after Marchessault grazed the crossbar seconds earlier.
Carlson almost made it 4-3 on a power play later in the period, but Fleury got the shaft of his stick on the puck before it caromed off the part of the net where post meets crossbar.
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"Let's get ready to rumbleeeeeee", Buffer bellowed, his signature call barely audible in a raucous T-Mobile Arena as he introduced the starting lineups to kick off the Stanley Cup Final that was never meant to be.
Don't take that to mean Washington is going to come out and embarrass Vegas in Game 1, however.
The Knights opened the scoring through Miller but their rivals took a 2-1 lead with two goals in 42 seconds from Connolly and Backstrom. Marchessault was forced to the dressing room, but would return to the ice minutes later.
The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn't given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn't seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights. Ovechkin (12 goals, 22 points) carried them against Tampa Bay, supported by playoff scoring leader Kuznetsov.
The 5 + game misconduct for Interference was instituted for the very type of late blindside hit Tom Wilson just delivered.
As the score would attest, offense wasn't in short supply in Game 1.