Stanley Cup Finals Continue Tomorrow on NBC Sports


The Washington Capitals have lost game one of the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals to the Las Vegas Knights. Deryk Engelland chipped in with two assists.

Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for the Capitals, whose first Stanley Cup Final game in 20 years was a defensive nightmare.

Game 2 goes Wednesday in Vegas before the best-of-seven series switches to Washington for Games 3 and 4. The Capitals tied the game at 3 when forward T.J. Oshie backhanded a pass across the crease, where defenseman John Carlson was all alone and looking at a wide-open net because Fleury was still turned toward Oshie.

Washington went up 4-3 just 70 seconds into the third when Fleury accidentally kicked Wilson's deflection into his own net for the big winger's fourth.

It was also the highest-rated game ever on an NBC network in the Washington, D.C., market with a rating of 16.0. It should also not raise any eyebrows that Tom Wilson of the Capitals, the man who apparently can not be rehabilitated, drilled a star forward who was nowhere near the puck.

Wilson delivered a blindside hit on Jonathan Marchessault with the puck nowhere near the Vegas centre in the immediate aftermath. He cleaned up a loose puck after it bounced around near the net on that play.

With a series-clinching win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 on Sunday, the Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.

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"Knights! Go!" Michael Buffer - famous for saying "Let's get ready to ruuummmblllle!" in a way no one else can - announced the starting lineups as if he were introducing heavyweight boxers at a nearby casino.

The Game 1 victor has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall.

A drum line with flashing lights pumped up the crowd during breaks, while Canadian-born professional fan Cameron Hughes danced and hurled T-shirts into the stands. But Brett Connolly tied it up for the Capitals 7:26 later. "He singlehandedly won a couple of games for (Pittsburgh) when we totally outplayed them".

Reaves and Wilson are two guys that aren't afraid to mix it up at any given opportunity, so we'll see if the animosity they helped stir up carries over into Game 2. But because Vegas is here in just 15 games, Fleury hasn't faced as much rubber overall as some other historically great performances, but the amount of saves he's made per game is right up there.

Per NBC, Monday night's game was up 7 percent from Predators/Penguins past year and up 36 percent from Sharks/Penguins in 2016. The Vegas Golden Knights certainly put on a pre-show to end all pre-shows for Games 1 in Las Vegas.

Going up against perhaps the most intriguing National Basketball Association game of the season, a Game 7 in Houston, the NHL got everything it could have wanted from its Stanley Cup opener: Ten goals born from free-flowing hockey on the game's biggest stage.

The third period got off to a good start, as Washington's top line scored off yet another deflection. Former boxer Floyd Mayweather was in attendance.