Alex Ovechkin has his first Stanley Cup Final goal

Alex Ovechkin has his first Stanley Cup Final goal

Alex Ovechkin has his first Stanley Cup Final goal

In the same game, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made what was likely the save of the playoffs - and according to teammate Jay Beagle, "the save of his lifetime" - when he dove across the crease with his stick to rob Alex Tuch of a sure-fire goal in the final two minutes of the third period. His 37 saves marked a regulation-high this postseason, including six straight stops across an extended Golden Knights power play that began with 68 seconds of 5-on-3 in the third period.

"I think tonight, going through the series is the two teams kind of maybe getting a little more familiar with one another, you'll start to see a little bit tighter checking game". "Fleury's been pretty good all year".

The series shifts to Washington for game 3 on Saturday, where they have just a 4-5 record in the postseason.

After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, one thing was absolutely certain.

Then, as if the National Hockey League refs knew we were having far too much fun watching this game, they inserted themselves into the game as they are so apt to do.

"I love to meet fans who have a passion for the game", Gretzky said.

"We're feeding everybody, so then we really got entrenched".

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"To me it was the hockey gods", Trotz said. It was a pretty sequence that involved some swift puck movement and a fantastic adjustment by Ovi, who was able to get his hands across the body to fire a shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury. "You're not going to be at your best every night".

"This group has learned so much". They play hard, physical, they've got great special teams, [Braden] Holtby's been very good in net, Ovi's playing great, Backstrom's playing great, [Evgeny] Kuznetsov's emerging as a superstar, John Carlson's had an unbelievable year on defense. Washington probably should have won that game last night.

The Westgate sports book took 13 futures wagers at 500-1 odds, the longest offered anywhere, during training camp in September, before local betting interest on the Golden Knights had piqued.

In a chaotic game busy with collisions and vengeance, wicked shots and pretty passes, smart decisions and dumb luck, sometimes there's a singular moment that transcends hockey's lovely mess.

Game 1 saw the Golden Knights take a 6-4 win, but barely, with Washington narrowly missing an open net near the end.

"It's the same for both teams, which is why it doesn't matter", Vegas forward James Neal said. That's what we need. The Capitals also fell behind 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins - their playoff nemesis - in the second round. We had goals, we had hits, we had some good plays, we had a lot of mistakes, which usually makes for excitement, and that certainly happened. No one wants to see the best players injured, but at the same time it helped to inject life into a series. Asked if he thinks Kuznetsov will participate, Trotz said he doesn't know.

The Golden Knights were outshooting the Capitals 10-2 in the final period of regulation only to be denied time and time again by Holtby.

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