The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn't given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn't seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights.
Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights surged past the Capitals for a 6-4 victory on Monday night. The expansion team has had a remarkable first season and now finds themselves four games away from a championship parade on the Las Vegas Strip. Thus, since the 1939 final, the average goals per game in Game 1 is 5.64, with the home side averaging 3.36 goals to the road team's 2.28 goals.
The Golden Knights were the last ones standing on Monday night. Marchessault would return to the game after passing the concussion protocol.
But in this game, one that mattered so much to people who live in and around the most powerful city in the world, some who have waited all 43 years of Capitals existence, Wilson made a unsafe play. Vegas winger David Perron was also given a two-minute minor for offsetting penalties.
Capitals fans felt even more aggrieved when officials minutes later had a lengthy deliberation to discuss a hit by Wilson on Jonathan Marchessault.
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.
Tom Wilson laid out Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault with a huge, late hit
Wilson, meanwhile, didn't feel he delivered a dirty hit on Marchessault.
Wilson has already been suspended three games this postseason for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese and his reputation will factor into whether or not the league decides to take further action on the hit. I mean, where does it end? "It looked good to me". But Washington rebounded to take a 2-1 lead with two goals in the span of 42 seconds.
Washington's John Carlson scores a second-period goal past Vegas's Marc-André Fleury.
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.
Notes: The victor of Game 1 has lifted the Cup 78.2 per cent of the time since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 (61 of 78).
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