One of the most impressive things about this Golden Knights team is their ability to suffocate the opposing team's offensive attack - just ask the Winnipeg Jets - and that was on display early in Game 1.
Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant will clearly be happy with the result, but he likely won't be to enthralled with what turned into a shootout Monday night. They're deep - they've scored an average of 3.47 goals per game and allowed 2.47- and they can be physical, potentially an asset.
Golden Knights forward David Perron's cross-checking infraction at the same time made it 4-on-4 for two minutes.
The day has finally come: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. "We're going to fix that in our game". Washington still played a strong offensive game and had chances to win, but never slowed the Knights.
Alex Ovechkin was held to one assist and two shots on goal in the first Cup final game of his career. "We just have to forget about it and bounce back next one". Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist and William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Colin Miller also scored goals for Vegas, who improved to 13-3 in the playoffs, and 7-1 at home.
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. On three occasions, the overtime victor has been scored within the first two minutes, and the latest single-overtime victor was an absolute buzzer-beater, coming when Mike Bossy scored with two ticks remaining in the first overtime of Game 1 in the 1982 Stanley Cup final. "I remember everything. It's a late hit", Marchessault said from the locker room.
The electric atmosphere around T-Mobile Arena started two hours prior to the late-afternoon start time, with rapper Lil Jon revving up the crowd in a packed plaza outside the rink before a pre-game spectacle on the ice with actors portraying a knight and his archers defeating an invading army - in this case, the Capitals.
"I saw the hit".
Marchessault, by his own account, is going to be OK, but such a hit could well have brought an end to a playoff performance that's generating some Conn Smythe buzz.
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He had seen to that. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down or whatever the case may be", he said . In his previous elimination game, a month ago here against IN , he had 45 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.