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Las Vegas–Tonight the highly anticipated opening game of the Stanley Cup Final kicked off in front of 18,575 at T-Mobile Arena.

In his career as General Manager it marked the first time where two clubs built by George McPhee face off against one another in the Stanley Cup Final.

The in game entertainment prior to puck drop did not disappoint the fans who came out to see game 1 at “The Fortress”.

Following the opening act by the Golden Knights in game entertainment team, long time in ring announcer Michael Buffer introduced the starting lineups of both the Washington Capitals and Golden Knights just like he does for a main event card at a boxing match.

With the T-Mobile crowd fired up for the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights fed off that energy and would find themselves on the scoresheet first thanks to Andre Burakovsky boarding penalty.

As the power play was dwindling down to just under 40 seconds remaining, Colin Miller walked the puck near the point and with plenty of time and space fired a bomb blast of a shot that beat Brayden Holtby on his glove side for a 1-0 Vegas lead at the 7:15 mark of the first period.

Miller earned his 3rd goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Later in the period it would be the Capitals getting two quick goals in span of 42 seconds apart from one another by Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom.

Connolly’s goal would tie up the game at 1-1 at the 14:41 mark, while Backstrom’s marker gave Washington a 2-1 lead with 4:37 to go in the first period.

With 1:41 remaining in the opening period, the Golden Knights would tie up the game from a goal from their leading scorer in William Karlsson.

Karlsson collected the puck that bounced off the boards and put one home backdoor on Holtby for a 2-2 game.

The game tying goal late in the first period gave Karlsson his 7th of this year’s playoffs.

Both teams would take a 2-2 tie with them into their dressing room’s.

At the 3:21 mark of the middle frame the Golden Knights would find the lead for the second time of the contest and getting it done for Vegas was Reilly Smith.

After defenseman Deryk Engelland missed his mark on Holtby, he picked up the loose puck and played it behind the net, after making his rounds below the icing line chipped it over to Smith on doorstep and ended up beating the Capitals netminder on his glove side that made it a 3-2 game.

On the scoring play, Smith earned his 3rd goal of the playoffs.

Later in the 2nd period, the Capitals would tie the game back up after Marc-André Fleury misread the play that exposed his net.

On the play, T.J. Oshie connected with John Carlson and with the net left wide open snap a backhander that Fleury was unable to stop as he tired to recover after his miscue.

Carlson’s 4th goal of the playoffs tied game 1 up at a 3-3 score at the 8:29 mark of the period.

For the second time of the night, the Golden Knights and Capitals went into their respective dressing room’s tied.

In the third period of the game, the Capitals would retake the lead at just 1:10 into the frame after Fleury would score on himself with his skate.

The goal was credited to Tom Wilson as he was last Washington player to touch the puck on the scoring play.

For the Capitals their lead on the Golden Knights would be short lived as depth forward Ryan Reaves would answer the call for Vegas.

Reaves had himself parked in front of Holtby and with the opportunity of a rolling puck that found his stick, put it upstairs far side on the Capitals netminder to bring the contest to a 4-4 score.

This gave Reaves his 2nd goal of the playoffs.

The go ahead tally and the eventual game winner came at the 9:44 mark of the period when Shea Theodore sent a nifty cross ice feed pass to Tomas Nosek who scored a backdoor goal down low on Holtby that gave Vegas a 5-4 lead.

Nosek earned his 2nd of the playoffs on the play.

With the Capitals trailing by a goal Head Coach Barry Trotz pulled Holtby for the extra attacker.

To no avail, the Golden Knights would seal the deal with an empty net goal from Nosek that gave Vegas 6-4 win of game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

This marked the the third time in four series where the Golden Knights would take the opening game of a playoff round. Their only loss to open a round came in the Western Conference Final against the Winnipeg Jets.

The rocky start of the Stanley Cup Final series against the Capitals, Fleury made 24 saves on 28 total shots and registered a .857 save %.

Game two of the Stanley Cup Finals starts up this Wednesday at 5pm PT at T-Mobile Arena.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Nosek (2 goals)

Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith (1 goal and 1 assist)

Vegas Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland (2 assists)

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