This is probably the most memorable game 1 in the Stanley Cup Finals that I watched to date. The crowd was insane prior to the start of game 1 in Vegas. Lil John even performed a concert in front of the loyal Vegas Golden Knights fans before game 1.
Vegas had the upper hand early in the first period. The Vegas Golden Knights outshot the Washington Capitals 7-1 in the first ten minutes of play. Colin Miller scored first for the Vegas Golden Knights to make it 1-0.
Brett Connolly tied the game at 1. Nicklas Backstrom gave Washington a 2-1 lead. Then William Karlsson tied it up for Vegas. The game was 2-2 after one period with the Vegas Golden Knights outshooting Washington 11-10 in shots on goal.
Both teams looked nervous early in the first period with Vegas outplaying Washington in the first ten minutes. The Capitals adjusted and both teams gained more confidence as the period progressed with Washington outshooting Vegas 9-4 in shots on goal in the second half of the first period.
Vegas took a 3-2 lead thanks to Reilly Smith. Washington managed to tie the game up with a John Carlsson goal. The game was tied 3-3 after two periods of play. Vegas outshot Washington 14-8 in the second period. Vegas outshot Washington 25-18 in shots on goal through two periods of play.
Tom Wilson gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 lead. Ryan Reaves tied the game at 4-4. Tomas Nosek scored the game-winning goal as well as an empty net goal to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 6-4 victory in game 1.
Vegas needs to win again on Wednesday. If Washington evens the series with a road win they have momentum. Washington was the best road team in the playoffs, but the Vegas Golden Knights are the best home team during the 2018 Stanley CUp Playoffs.
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