Fans gather at Bandito's to watch Caps play in Stanley Cup Finals

Aubrey Yates
May 29, 2018

This is the Capitals second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. "We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one".

In a game with four ties and a finals-record four lead changes, Tomas Nosek scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 Monday night. That should not shock us. It should also not raise any eyebrows that Tom Wilson of the Capitals, the man who apparently can not be rehabilitated, drilled a star forward who was nowhere near the puck.

"Bandito's is probably the best place to watch". The Golden Knights came through in the third period by scoring the final three goals and keeping the Capitals out of the net for the last 19 minutes.

The Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves was blunt in his evaluation. Yes, Reaves was born in Winnipeg, but he's an American through and through and the next time he plays in the Olympics or World Cup, it will be with Team USA. But on their third shot on goal, Washington answered.

"Real happy for them", Fleury said of Reaves and Nosek.

They know. They're members of the club, too. Gallant also said he thought it warranted a major penalty; Wilson was assessed a minor for interference after the officials huddled to discuss the play.

"I think the league is going to take care of it", Marchessault said.

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No, the Capitals' problems run deeper than that. 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. The Capitals blew two leads in the game, with tying goals coming in very short order after they had taken the lead.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the visitors. And the Capitals aren't going to win anything if Alex Ovechkin is going to be limited to two shots and five attempts.

The Caps fourth line got absolutely pummeled by Vegas' fourth line. But when the coach has that kind of faith in his fourth unit and gets that kind of production from the trio, it gives his team an enormous depth advantage.

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa (47) battles for the puck with Washington Capitals center Chandler Stephenson (18) in the third period in game one of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. He might have been a little bit surprised by it, but it wasn't an aggressive hit. "Thanks God for that, otherwise I wouldn't be here. We haven't seen a championship or even a final in so many years", said Barber. "Fortunately for us, we got some bounces and worked hard". "It's not like the craziest recipe ever". The Golden Knights uniformly criticized it as a late hit, while the rambunctious Wilson defended himself. Could have avoided it easily and chose not to, instead drilling a key player and sending him off for concussion protocol.

Wilson, however, isn't phased by the Golden Knights not liking him. "That's just something that you go back, watch the video, see where there's defaults at times to get the puck back in our team's hands". "It was just a hockey play".

"Obviously it's not what was expected of both of us, or what I want", said Fleury, who improved to 13-3 in the postseason.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist and Tom Wilson, John Carlson and Brett Connolly also scored goals for Washington, while T.J. Oshie added a pair of primary assists for the Capitals.

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