Las Vegas was watching.
According to the Washington Post, employees who were gifted the unexpected trip were not only given a free seat on one of the two planes that Leonsis chartered, but would also be provided a room in the Excalibur for one night in addition to a ticket to Game One or Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.
William Karlsson answered back 1:41 from the end of the period to bring the Golden Knights level, while Reilly Smith and Carlson exchanged goals to make it a 3-3 game entering the final frame. "I'll admit that a lot of times, I get up and walk away from the TV", Kisio said. "We haven't seen a championship or even a final in so many years", said Barber. We need to be faster in the defensive zone. I don't think they're going to be having meetings about our fourth line.
The Game 1 victor has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall. If you're a Washington fan or John Carlson and you think you got bagged, you did. "For me it was just about trying to stop the next one and keep us close in the game".
Nosek then put the Knights ahead after Shea Theodore kept the puck in Washington's zone, sidestepped a defender and fired a lovely cross-ice pass to the Czech forward, who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs.
But Vegas regained the lead with a pair of goals by its fourth line, the first by Reaves when Kempny failed to clear the puck by the right side of the net, and the second by Nosek, who one-timed a crossing pass from defenseman Shea Theodore into the right corner of the net. Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs. He now has three goals in the postseason.
While UCF fans may not have appreciated the anthem, no one seemed to object to highlighting the Golden Knights' mascot during the pregame show that had the feel of a Vegas show.
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Adding to that pressure, the team the Caps played is a stellar Vegas franchise in its first season in the league.
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.
Wilson delivered his crushing open-ice hit moments later to Marchessault, who was shaken up on the play.
"And the horn sounds, and that takes care of the first!"
It was also the highest-rated game ever on an NBC network in the Washington, D.C., market with a rating of 16.0.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Reaves said he offered to fight the 6-4, 218-pound Wilson several times during games between the Penguins and Capitals earlier this season but his invitation was not accepted.