Game One was everything you'd want from the NHL's premier series: Speed, skill, goals, a breakneck pace and despite the score being 3-3 after two, the goaltenders were actually playing well.
The attendance number is the best of the team's three watch parties at the arena - with seats, again, filled in the 400 level. The Capitals have been good on the road throughout the playoffs (9-3), and are one win away from tying the National Hockey League record for most road wins in a playoff. "It's where entertainment meets sports and it's a pretty good deal".
The best-of-seven series is tied at one game each.
Eller continued his dominant play by carrying the puck into Vegas' zone and leaving a drop pass for Orpik, whose shot from the right circle deflected off Tuch past Marc-Andre Fleury to extend the Capitals lead to 3-1 at 9:41.
The Golden Knights, too, immediately knew what the Save meant: the series would be even as it moved east to Washington.
But before any Canadians develop heatstroke at the prospect of their national game being played in a Nevada swimming pool, players on both teams were eager to make it clear the Vegas ice is absolutely playable.
That the divisional playoff format, which pitted Boston against Toronto - the second and third best teams in the East - in the first round and then pitted Winnipeg and Nashville - the two best teams in the West - in the second round, would somehow make the final somewhere anticlimactic. We can't get overwhelmed by it. The Capitals have Thursday off coach Barry Trotz said in a conference call Thursday Kuznetsov is day to day with an upper-body injury. "I think he embraces the challenge". "You're not going to be at your best every night. I have three or four years left in my tank where I can compete at the highest level...that's why I'm here and that's why I want to sign in the National Hockey League". "They are a physical team".
The series shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4.
"You've got to try and capitalize on those", Vegas defenseman Luca Sbisa said.
In Game 1, the Capitals' Tom Wilson took a healthy run at Jonathan Marchessault and blind-sided the Golden Knights' playoff leading scorer with a late hit. Episode 1 with "SEAL Team" and "Bones" star David Boreanaz premiered on Tuesday, May 29.
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 handsome mess.
NOTES: The Golden Knights have scored the opening goal in the first period of all nine of their postseason home games. "We're going to play well and work hard and compete hard".
Guess your first appearance in the Cup Final in 20 years will lead to that, but whatever, Becky.
"Everything else, that's for the off-season and in the future, where you can think about that", says Holtby, also a Zen master.