Game 1 SCF Recap: Vegas’s 4th line leads them to victory in thriller

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals didn’t disappoint. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights and the perennial chokers Washington Capitals are facing off in a high powered offensive series. Game 1 was in Sin City and the Golden Knights took advantage with a 6-4 victory.

The game started with pregame festivities. I didn’t see it but I heard that the Sin City sure knows how to party. Vegas started with a shooting gallery on Braden Holtby that led to a powerplay. Colin Miller snuck a slap shot past Holtby to make it 1-0 Vegas 7:15 in. 7:26 later the Capitals responded. A weird deflection by Brett Connolly tied it up. Nicklas Backstrom scored 42 seconds later to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. With less than 2 minutes left, William Karlsson tied it up. The 2nd period saw a goal for each team as Reilly Smith and John Carlson both contributed. The 3rd was wild. Andre Burakovsky made it 4-3. Then Vegas’s 4th line stepped up. The line of Nosek-Bellemare-Reaves was having a strong game. Reaves would tie it up with Nosek scoring the game winner and insurance empty netter. The game was very entertaining.