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. 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. Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Capitals, will try to play spoiler to the Golden Knights' wonderful playoff run as he heads into his first Stanley Cup final since joining the league in 2005-06.
"That was pretty cool, let me tell you", Capitals defenceman Nate Schmidt said of hearing his own name.
The day has finally come: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
The Game 1 victor has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall. I trust myself. I play the game hard.More news: Trump and Abe to meet before North Korea summit
Down a goal early in the third period, Reaves and Nosek scored to give the Golden Knights the lead for good. "We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one".
Colin Miller, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith scored early goals before Nosek added an empty-netter for the Knights, who are three wins away from one of the most improbable championships in recent North American team sports history. But the teams played 4 on 4 for the next two minutes, with Wilson getting whistled for interference, while David Perron went off for cross checking in the ensuing scuffle. This game crushed the 5.5 O/U in the first 30 minutes. "I never see him coming".More news: Cyclone Mekunu surges through Oman killing 2
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.
Then Capitals' agitator Tom Wilson crushed Jonathan Marchessault with a late, blindside hit in the neutral zone well after Marchessault last touched the puck. But Washington rebounded to take a 2-1 lead with two goals in the span of 42 seconds. "He looked fine at the end when he was yelling at me from the bench". "It's playoff hockey, there's going to be big hits, it's a contact sport".More news: Donald Trump to Naval Academy Graduates: 'America Is Back'
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