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Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game One Recap: Vegas is Victorious in Home Opener

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A third period goal from Tomas Nosek powered Vegas to a 6 to 4 Game One victory on home ice

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Washington squared off against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first ever Stanley Cup Final contest in Nevada. And in a high scoring affair it was the Golden Knights collecting the series’ first win with a 6 to 4 Game One victory.

Here’s Monday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus: Washington came back to tie Vegas on two separate occasions in hostile territory.

Minus: The Capitals had several chances to close out a Game One victory but failed to accomplish that goal including once with less than nineteen minutes to play.

Eleven more notes on the game.

  1. Andre Burakovsky was whistled for an early Boarding penalty against Cody Eakin in the first period. Vegas’ power play came onto the ice less than six minutes into the contest.
  2. The Golden Knights cashed in on the chance with Colin Miller firing a low hard shot that evaded Braden Holtby’s grasp. A screen comprised of John Carlson and Erik Haula allowed Miller to put a routine shot on the scoreboard.
  3. But Brett Connolly would tie the score ten minutes later by deflecting a Michal Kempny shot from the point around Marc-Andre Fleury’s right leg pad.
  4. And Nicklas Backstrom would briefly put Washington ahead 42 seconds later. T.J. Oshie’s failed wrap-around allowed Backstrom to pick up the puck above the crease and backhand a shot over Fleury’s left side.
  5. But before the first period came to its conclusion William Karlsson corralled a rebound behind the net and stashed his seventh of the postseason with a quick forehand strike.
  6. Early in the second period Reilly Smith pounced on a loose puck in the slot and whipped home a shot to put the Golden Knights ahead for the second time tonight.
  7. Five minutes later Carlson and Oshie connected to tie the game at three. Oshie turned a broken play at the blue line into Washington’s third tally with a deft, blind forehand pass to Carlson in the slot. The Capitals’ defender deposited his fourth of the postseason with a strong backhanded shot into a wide open net.
  8. With the score tied to begin the third period Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin teamed up to put Washington ahead once again. Wilson deflected an Ovechkin shot above the crease which forced Fleury to move, pushing the puck over the goal line with his left skate.
  9. Vegas would respond 91 seconds later with Ryan Reaves stashing the Golden Knight’s fourth of the night. After a questionable cross check from Reaves on Carlson the power forward roofed it up and over Holtby to bring T-Mobile Arena back to life.
  10. The Golden Knights used that momentum to to grab the lead with a little more than ten minutes to play in regulation. A nice deke from Shea Theodore around Devante Smith-Pelly allowed Theodore to pass the puck to Tomas Nosek for the go ahead goal.
  11. Nosek would add an empty net goal with three seconds to play to provide Vegas with the two goal margin of victory.