Capitals vs. Golden Knights Prediction: Game 2 Stanley Cup Final

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Hockey Night in Canada's Jim Hughson said it best after the show the Vegas Golden Knights put on before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Nosek's victor at 9:44 of the final period came after Vegas defenceman Shea Theodore moved down the sideboards and fed the wide-open winger for his second goal of the playoffs.

"We made our selection, and then he called and asked if there's any way we could do a deal for him to get Schmidt back, and I said, 'I don't see anything, but we'll try to come up with something to give you a chance to say no, '" McPhee said. "Guys have are having fun and they're smiling".

"Who would have thunk it?" asked Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played the previous four seasons for the Capitals.

The opening show ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night was incredible. We're at the point now where even if the Golden Knights lose to Washington in six or seven games, Vegas' goalie could still be named playoff MVP.

Both coaches will get more familiar with each team as this series goes along, from additional video of their opponents' structure to a deeper understanding of which matchups to exploit and which ones to avoid.

"All that and we get a game too?" We need to be faster in the defensive zone. "Three more and I'll be more excited for sure". But Washington's 2-1 lead did not last long.

NBC Sports Group's lead National Hockey League broadcast team of Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and Mike Milbury (analyst), as well as executive producer Sam Flood, previewed the 2018 Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and Capitals on Thursday. Washington still played a strong offensive game and had chances to win, but never slowed the Knights.

In the end though, the only thing that matters is winning first, not scoring first because every Stanley Cup Championship team since 2012 won Game 1.

Tied 2-2 after a back-and-forth first, Smith swatted home his third of the post-season off an Engelland feed from behind the net at 3:21 of the second with Holtby swimming in his crease after Marchessault grazed the crossbar seconds earlier. Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs.

While the top lines contributed in some fashion, the offensive production in Game 1 primarily came from role players, like Vegas' Nosek, who finished off the victory with a pair of third-period goals.

The raucous Vegas crowd erupted when Knights defenceman Colin Miller scored the first goal of the game midway through the first period with a slap shot through traffic and past Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

The wild scoring continued in the third with an own-goal by Fleury, who lost track of a rebound and kicked it backward into his net.

The Capitals responded 14:41 into the game, when forward Brett Connolly redirected Michal Kempnys point shot through his legs and past Fleury, who entered the game with an impressive.947 save percentage during these playoffs.

"I haven't obviously slowed it down and looked at it, but I think he'd probably say he shouldn't have admired his pass, and I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said.

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