The crowd was loud, the lights were bright, and the Golden Knights depth players came out to shine. The final stage began last night at the T-Mobile Arena. The game started off with two teams playing conservative playoff hockey.
After Washington committed an offensive zone penalty the Golden Knights took advantage midway through the first period. Defenseman Colin Miller shot a laser through traffic and past Capitals goaltender Brayden Holtby. This was a prototypical set up and score on the Power Play for Miller.
Heading into the game, the Golden Knights were (10-1) when scoring first in the postseason.
It didn’t take long for Washington to answer as they added two goals in :44 seconds. Down 2-1 with two minutes to go in the first period William Karlsson went to work. He brought the puck in the zone, made a nice pass that led to a loose puck behind the net. Karlsson used his skill and patiently careened the puck and slipped it past Holtby. Game 1 was tied up 2-2 after one period of play.
The second period was much like the first as the two teams traded goals, keeping the score 3-3 after 40 minutes of Game 1.
The final frame is when the action really started to heat up. Washington scored quickly on a puck tied up in Marc-Andre Fleury’s pads. Goalscorer Tom Wilson was able to slip it past Fleury for a 4-3 lead. However, Vegas woke up immediately and tied it up on a nice shot to the top left corner of the net by Ryan Reaves.
A few minutes later, the play on the ice started to get away from the officials. Known for his physical play, Wilson laid a late shoulder on Jonathan Marchessault who wasn’t in a position to embrace the hit. The Golden Knights forward stayed on the ice for awhile as trainers ushered him off for concussion protocol. The referees called penalties on both teams while team doctors cleared Marchessault of any injury.
After that point in the game, the Golden Knights fourth line took over. Tomas Nosek put Vegas ahead on a beautiful one time pass from Shea Theodore. The lead was held, and the game was secured by a Nosek empty net goal. The Golden Knights fourth line scored an astounding three goals in Game 1.
The team at Adam S. Kutner & Associates was able to give away four tickets and a Zamboni ride to last night’s game. Take a look through our Facebook post for more pictures of our winner.
After 60 minutes, Vegas walked away with a 6-4 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The two teams face off again for Game 2 on Wednesday at 5P.