LAS VEGAS — Fourth liners struck three times in the third period, including an empty-netter, and the Golden Knights skated off with a wild 6-4 victory over the Caps in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Tom Wilson gave the Caps a 4-3 lead early in the final frame, but the visitors couldn’t contain Vegas’ fourth line.
First, heavyweight Ryan Reaves tied the score after clearing space by cross-checking John Carlson to the ice. Then, Tomas Nosek scored the first of his two goals, sniping a crossing pass to provide the winner with about 10 minutes left to play.
Here are Tarik El-Bashir's 3 stars of Game 1.
3 Stars of Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 1
1. Reilly Smith, Golden Knights
At times, the first-line winger was Vegas’ most dangerous forward. He finished with a goal, an assist, and a team-high five hits.
2. Tomas Nosek, Golden Knights
In addition to his go-ahead goal, Nosek added an empty net goal with three seconds remaining to provide the winning margin.
3. T.J. Oshie, Capitals
The veteran winger had a couple of primary assists, including a slick crossing pass to John Carlson for a second-period goal that knotted the score 3-3.
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