Fourth line leads Golden Knights to thrilling Game 1 win over Capitals

Vegas Golden Knights players take the ice for Game 4 against Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Final at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Friday

Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer stood there at centre ice, flashy white tuxedo and all, and belted out the five words that have made him millions in this town.

What? Okay. The NHL announced this weekend that Game 1 of the series will open with a free concert headlined by Lil Jon outside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"All the fans recognize the auto", Marchessault said. "I would've thought I had to be in the ring or octagon to hear that".

But the upstart Golden Knights have spent their entire inaugural season speeding past all expectations, and their first Final game didn't slow them down in the slightest.

"Both teams answering the bell each time the other scored", Schmidt said.

But in this game, one that mattered so much to people who live in and around the most powerful city in the world, some who have waited all 43 years of Capitals existence, Wilson made a unsafe play. That was four more, in one game, than there were in the entire Western Conference final.

Oh, and there's the hockey game itself.

"Lot of up and down", Schmidt said. "It was a pretty emotional game for everybody".

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UPDATE I: The Golden Knights took an early 1-0 lead with Colin Miller scoring a power-play goal at 7:15 of the first period, but the Capitals responded with two goals in 42 seconds.

No matter who wins this series, someone is getting their first Cup, with the Golden Knights taking the first step Monday night.

Wilson got credit for the goal that put the Caps up 4-3 early in the third period when Fleury back-heeled a loose puck into his own net, but Reaves evened it 91 seconds later for Vegas.

Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will be in Las Vegas on Monday and Wednesday nights respectively. "They know I'm driving it, so they're all excited". Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Capitals, will try to play spoiler to the Golden Knights' unbelievable playoff run as he heads into his first Stanley Cup final since joining the league in 2005-06. "We're going to fix that in our game". "I think we have another level to our game, that's the exciting thing". "We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one".

It was the type of mistake-filled track meet that costs coaches sleep.

But boy was it fun to watch live, unless you were Braden Holtby or Marc-Andre Fleury. "The fans have been great, and they brought it tonight". It was also historic, as it was the first time a Stanley Cup Final game ever featured four lead changes.

"Oh man, it was insane", Reaves said. Vegas wasn't out of the woods just yet, though. You gotta keep your head up and try to make the play.

The hit happened well away from play and Marchessault was left shaken on the ice, later heading down the tunnel to follow concussion protocol. "I'm just finishing my check", Wilson said.

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