The Vegas Golden Knights' incredible inaugural season isn't slowing down in the Stanley Cup Final.
Puck drop at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas will be 5 p.m. Of course, the missed cross-check could ultimately be a footnote in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final depending on how the series goes. Washington coach Barry Trotz said he didn't like the play and thought the Capitals should have been going on the power play. "I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said.
Now that we know the two teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup, the conversation regarding who should be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor can truly begin.
Seven minutes later, Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore found Nosek with a wonderful cross-ice pass for a backdoor goal.
They also didn't back down from Caps tough guy Tom Wilson who once again crossed the line by taking a run at Jonathan Marchessault in the third period and forced Marchessault to leave the game briefly.
"I think the league is going to take care of it", Marchessault said. "Really happy for them - and really proud of this team we have in Vegas".
"He'd probably say he shouldn't admire his pass".
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"And I am convinced that we will receive and are receiving no less interesting proposals than that from Manchester City ". So what would Fred bring to this Manchester United side? "It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches".
The Golden Knights were the last ones standing on Monday night.
Tied 2-2 after a back-and-forth first, Smith swatted home his third at 3:21 of the second after Marchessault grazed the crossbar moments earlier, but the Capitals responded with Carlson's fourth at 8:29 on a night where neither team was satisfied with its defensive effort.
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.
After Miller scored the Knights' first goal on a power play and ended Holtby's scoreless streak at almost 167 minutes, Washington calmly surged ahead later in the first period with goals 42 seconds apart.
Monday marked the first game for the Capitals in the final since their only other appearance in 1998 when they were swept in four straight by Detroit. From MacLellan to captain Alex Ovechkin, star center Nicklas Backstrom, goaltender Braden Holtby and management staffs on either side, this final in many ways is a validation of McPhee's philosophy, knowledge and career.
Game 1 marked the first contest in the history of the 104-year history of the Stanley Cup Final to feature four lead changes.
"The fans got their money's worth tonight", Schmidt said.