But Monday was more about the Knights' resiliency that helped them win Game 1 and need just three more victories to capture the Stanley Cup.
Puck drop at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas will be 5 p.m. Until the past year, his greatest accomplishment was rebuilding Washington into a perennial playoff team and title contender that went to the playoffs from 2008-2013. "Even going out for warmups, usually you take a look at all the pucks so you don't fall on them, but I looked up and everybody was in the building already. I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said.
Nosek's first goal also came as Devante Smith-Pelly failed to clear the zone and Shea Theodore kept the puck in Capitals territory, eluded one would-be defender, than made a ideal cross-ice pass to Nosek, who one-timed it past Holtby. Marchessault would return to the game after passing the concussion protocol.
"I think the league is going to take care of it", Marchessault said.
"Real happy for them", Fleury said of Reaves and Nosek. He said he'll leave it to the league to make any further decisions regarding Wilson, who was suspended for three games in the second round for a head shot against Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese.
The Golden Knights were the last ones standing on Monday night.
Golden Knights win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals
"I have a very fond respect for George", Wilson said. "I haven't slowed it down (on video)". Nicklas Backstrom then gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with 4:37 remaining with his fifth goal of the postseason.
As one might expect, historically speaking, the Golden Knights will enter Game 1 with a slight edge given they'll be hitting the ice at home.
But Karlsson jammed in his seventh shortside with 1:41 to send the teams to the locker rooms tied 2-2 following a frenetic opening 20 minutes.
Eight of Washington's 10 first-period shots on goal came in the final five minutes.
The Golden Knights, who brushed aside the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Jets to advance to the Cup final in a stunning first season, played just their 98th game in franchise history. 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.
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