They played so well that cameras caught Reaves singing along perfectly to Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher while sitting on the bench late in the game.
Alex Ovechkin was held to one assist and two shots on goal in the first Cup final game of his career. Vegas got three goals from its fourth line, all in the third period. 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.
The Golden Knights, who relied on a roster mostly composed of National Hockey League castoffs selected in an expansion draft before the season, amassed a 51-24-7 record during the regular season.
No matter who wins this series, someone is getting their first Cup, with the Golden Knights taking the first step Monday night.
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But Vegas came right back 1:31 later when Reaves, who scored the series clincher in the Western Conference final against the Winnipeg Jets, banged home his second. Nicklas Backstrom then gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with 4:37 remaining with his fifth goal of the postseason.
Golden Knights win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals
The wild scoring continued in the third with an own-goal by Fleury, who lost track of a rebound and kicked it backward into his net.
Puck drop at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas will be 5 p.m.
Midway through the third period of Game One, Capitals forward Tom Wilson delivered a devastating, open-ice hit to Jonathan Marchessault. Gallant called Wilson an "old-school player" but said, "for me, it was a late hit". "I never see him coming".
"And the horn sounds, and that takes care of the first!" "It was a big hit".
NOTES: Vegas is aiming to be the first franchise in a major North American professional league to win a title in its first season since the 1950 Cleveland Browns, who entered the NFL as a fully formed team after four seasons in the AAFC. Deryk Engelland chipped in with two assists.
Don't take that to mean Washington is going to come out and embarrass Vegas in Game 1, however.
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