With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming that third-period deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles. "A lot of times you feel like the game is going in one direction and then they score and we score".
The Golden Knights are three wins from the Stanley Cup and Reaves is on a two-game goal scoring streak.
After the game, there was plenty of chatter about Wilson's hit on Marchessault, and some discussion about possible supplementary discipline. LVMPD is honored to help with tonight's historic Game-1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
This was a game fittingly played in the only hockey arena with an actual rollercoaster in its front yard at the New York, New York Casino. Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist and William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Colin Miller also scored goals for Vegas, who improved to 13-3 in the playoffs, and 7-1 at home.
Fourth-line forward Tomas Nosek scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and had an empty-net goal with 2.7 seconds left. The Vegas Golden Knights won both regular season matchups between the two teams.
The Winnipeg-born Reaves scored the game-winner and series-clincher in Game 5 of the West final between Vegas and the Winnipeg Jets eight days ago.
The Knights opened the scoring through Miller but their rivals took a 2-1 lead with two goals in 42 seconds from Connolly and Backstrom. I'm just happy I'm not on the ice and not getting hit by Tom Wilson, because he hits pretty hard.
"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.
Marchessault, by his own account, is going to be OK, but such a hit could well have brought an end to a playoff performance that's generating some Conn Smythe buzz. Wilson's hit was clearly late and he was penalized for interference, but it only resulted in a 4-on-4 and Marchessault headed to the locker room for evaluation. "I believe it was a good, clean hit".