Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

The Capitals needed almost six minutes to get their first shot on net, and they were held to just a single shot on net for over 13 minutes to start the game.

The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals in this year's Stanley Cup Finals as they seek a title in their inaugural season as an expansion team.

As Vegas and Washington undergo their final preparations for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, dig in to the historical impact of a Game 1 victory and what history might be able to tell us about what to expect as the two teams open the final.

But Fleury's struggles didn't matter because the Golden Knights' fourth line, which includes a Frenchman (Pierre-Édouard Bellemare), a Czech (Tomas Nosek) and a Canadian (Ryan Reaves), rode to the rescue.

Like a No. 43 wrecking ball, the Capitals' frequent delinquent crashed the fun four minutes after scoring the what would have been the go-ahead goal, barreling into Marchessault's blind side.

History will remember Colin Miller scored the first Stanley Cup Final goal in franchise history when he gave the Golden Knights an early 1-0 lead 7:15 into the opening period. The Golden Knights uniformly criticized it as a late hit, while the rambunctious Wilson defended himself.

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Las Vegas goes #nocaps before Cup Final

After the game, there was plenty of chatter about Wilson's hit on Marchessault, and some discussion about possible supplementary discipline. Vegas winger David Perron was also given a two-minute minor for offsetting penalties. "We know what type of player he is out there..." CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo looks at two players from each team who could take home the award as playoff MVP.

Wilson, meanwhile, didn't feel he delivered a dirty hit on Marchessault. The power forward sat out three games in the second round when he was suspended for a hit to the head of the Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese, breaking his jaw. "I have an away white, so looking forward to that". Goaltender Braden Holtby wasn't the first-round starter but seized the job and shut out the Lightning over the last 159 minutes and 27 seconds of the East final.

It's the 12th time in 16 playoff games this spring that the Golden Knights scored first.

After Miller scored the Knights' first goal on a power play and ended Holtby's scoreless streak at almost 167 minutes, Washington calmly surged ahead later in the first period with goals 42 seconds apart.

As the score would attest, offense wasn't in short supply in Game 1.

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