LAS VEGAS – The Vegas Golden Knights have removed three victories from the Stanley Cup's conquest in their first season with a 6-4 victory in Game 1 of the final against the Washington Capitals.
Here are five things we learned about after the opening game of this series, except that every playoff series should have a Michael Buffer introduction.
Rust and Nerves
After the Search Like well-oiled machines that brought their respective conference finals to an end, the Capitals and Golden Knights looked like two race cars driving downhill braked brakes. The pace was electric, the mistakes were plentiful. This is how playoff hockey looks when the home team had eight days and the street team had five days between games.
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Conference Final Conference:
• TB-WSH | • WPG-VGS
Semi-final conference results:
• TB-BOS | • WSH-PIT
• NSH-WPG | • VGS-SJ
Round 1 Results:
• TB-NJ | • BOS-TOR
• WSH-CBJ | • PIT-PHI
• NSH-COL | • WPG-MIN
• VGS-LA | • ANA-SJ
But for the capitals there was one more factor: nerves. Coach Barry Trotz said the combination of the intensity of the finals and the incredible atmosphere in the T-Mobile Arena had a negative impact on his players. (The night started with five invaders wearing Capitals flags taking a CGI fireball from a real trebuchet, yes, Vegas is a different kind of experience.)
Alex Ovechkin agreed that Game 1 was nerve-wracking and that the capitals "I think the next game will be different, the nervousness is over, all the bad stuff disappears in this game," said Ovechkin, who had two shots on goal and a help in the game.
Can not Breathe
The relentless nature of the Golden Knights attacking attacks was demonstrated in Game 1. Vegas scored four of its five goals – ahead of Tomas Nosek Leer-Netter – from close range against Braden Holtby (28 saves). The capitals were cruel under the gate line, and the knights robbed afterwards.
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"It's a lesson we need to improve" This is the game plan. That's one of their strengths, "said Holtby.
Despite the presence of knights and castles, there's no mystery here: Vegas plays a simple, tough game, and the capitals did not agree with this effort.
" It's not really magical game we do. It's nothing like a crazy recipe. We're just trying to work out who we're playing against and tonight we were rewarded, "said Vegas Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
rewards with Capital's mistakes leading to targets.
" Vegas is good. They are a fast team and we know that. They will put some pressure on us "But overall, I thought we were a bit sloppy with the puck. We did not do the games we normally do, I think we can play faster, more north, we have to, "said Center Nicklas Backstrom
Refs were a factor
It is undeniable that the reigning failed in two key moments of Game 1.
Ryan Reaves came in front of him with an outrageous cross-check on Capitol defender John Carlson (19659004) "I did not like their fourth goal and I thought we were going to the Powerspiel there," Trotz said.
That moment blasted the physical game in Game 1, causing Tom Wilson to beat Jonathan Marchessault in the third period: a scary after-game control after Marchessault played the puck.
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"He would probably say he should not admire his passport, "said Wilson. "I'm just finishing my check, I did not slow it down, I'm told we're talking tithing [of a second] here, I think it's game speed and I delivered it in time, I think he allowed it." a little bit up because he did not know that I was there. I finished it through his body. He was perhaps a bit surprised, but it was not an aggressive blow. He looked good in the end when it was you yelling at me from the bench.
In Game 1, there were four minor penalties, including too many men on the Ice Penalty, when the Knights had seven skaters.It was a passive, "let them play" Night of the Amateurs that gave Vegas a goal that it did not deserve and kept the knights from getting a five-minute penalty that they probably deserved after the Wilson hit and we'll see if things change for Game 2.
Ryan Reaves hopes the league will join Jonathan Marchessault after Tom Wilson's controversial hit.
Newsflash: This game was played in a desert with mushy ice during the weeks leading up to summer is a hallmark of Stanley Cup playoff games, the conditions in Game 1 were even more complex.
"It's pretty warm. The heat outside, the number of bodies in here "You can not expect the ice to be fantastic at this time of year," said Trotz.
This was another part of the adaptation for the capitals, Holtby said. "We have to adapt to the ice conditions, they can not jump too extravagantly with the puck, they feed on it," he said.
However, Ovechkin said that any rumble about ice conditions should be insignificant  "It does not matter – ice, poles, skates – it can not be a problem," he said.
The bottom six
The bottom line is better for the Golden Knights than for the Capitals.
"You have to have depth in the final, you want to have it all year, but most of all now," said Reaves, who scored the match 4: 4 in the third round without any resistance.
Reaves noted that the Marchessault line had the job to play against Ovechkins. "Our top line has scored for us, but they're throttling a good line over there, so every line has to jump in," he said.
The fourth line of the Knights of Reaves, Bellemare and Tomas Nosek both produced the go-ahead goal at 9:44 pm of the third and the empty Natter game at 19:57, both by Nosek
"Obvious we're not the line you'll expect the goals [from] Every night, but we tried to create momentum and work, and we said that all year long: building, building, building, building momentum for your team, and sometimes it may not happen every time But it's fun to help offensively, "said Bellemare.
All team work was missing for the Capitals outside Brett Connolly's goal in the first half. The knights had more toughness, more thrust, and more posts from each line. In the end they had something else: the victory of Game 1.