In a town where you never quite know what you're going to see, the Stanley Cup final opener had just about everything you can imagine.

Nosek was in the right place at the right time for the decisive goal. The game crossed its 5.5-point over/under midway through the second period and saw a combined 43 shots on goal by the second intermission.

After the game, there was plenty of chatter about Wilson's hit on Marchessault, and some discussion about possible supplementary discipline.

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- In a single nine-minute stretch of the third period, the Washington Capitals dramatically took the lead before the Vegas Golden Knights replied with two goals of their own.

Don't get him wrong, Bryce Harper is happy that the Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Finals. Vegas wasn't out of the woods just yet, though. Referees Wes McCauley and Marc Joannette missed a blatant cross-check by Reaves on John Carlson on the sequence he scored. The Golden Knights' David Perron also received a matching penalty for going after Alex Ovechkin, so there was no power play on the hit.

Now that we know the two teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup, the conversation regarding who should be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor can truly begin. And it turns out that a Game 1 victory for the home team has often led to a Stanley Cup victory for the club with home-ice advantage, as well. The two teams combined for 62 shots on goal, and the third period alone featured four goals.


Wilson, meanwhile, didn't feel he delivered a dirty hit on Marchessault.

"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.

Wilson has been under the microscope during Washington's playoff run, serving a three-game suspension for a devastating hit on Zach Aston-Reese of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. "He was yelling at me from the bench".


Forward Ryan Reaves, hardly a beacon of good behavior himself, added: "It was a late, blindside hit like Wilson always does". Goaltender Braden Holtby wasn't the first-round starter but seized the job and shut out the Lightning over the last 159 minutes and 27 seconds of the East final.

As one might expect, historically speaking, the Golden Knights will enter Game 1 with a slight edge given they'll be hitting the ice at home.

As the score would attest, offense wasn't in short supply in Game 1.


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