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The Vegas Golden Knights took another step in their unlikely quest to win the Stanley Cup, beating the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a Game 1 thriller.

Colin Miller, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights claimed the series lead. T.J. Oshie added two assists, while Braden Holtby made 28 saves. Obviously they got the first goal and the crowd was into it and all, and I didn't like the first part of the second period. Seven games of this, please.

KLAS-TV reports that Lauren and Brad Sugars' girl was born May 18, the same day the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. It was the fourth lead change of the game. He signed Jay Beagle as a college free agent in 2007, listened to now-Vegas goaltending coach Dave Prior and selected Holtby as the 10th goaltender in the 2008 draft and picked Tom Wilson in the first round in 2012.

Like a No. 43 wrecking ball, the Capitals' frequent delinquent crashed the fun four minutes after scoring the what would have been the go-ahead goal, barreling into Marchessault's blind side.

In addition, the Vegas Golden Knights will host road game watch parties in the Valley.

With the score tied 4-4, Wilson laid out Marchessault at open ice, which stirred the Vegas bench. Wilson was eventually assessed a two-minute penalty for interference, and many in the nation's capital were left wondering why Reaves' goal didn't receive similar scrutiny.

Wilson's account of the exchange didn't really line up with what the Golden Knights' forward had to say.

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"I just told myself to focus on the puck and hit it at the right time", Nosek said.

"I never saw it coming", Marchessault said.

Now that we know the two teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup, the conversation regarding who should be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor can truly begin. You gotta keep your head up and try to make the play. Should Wilson be suspended for his latest infraction? I hope the league does something about it. "It's just Wilson doing what Wilson does".

Wilson has gained a reputation around the league for playing - at times - over the line.

Washington had failed to get beyond the second round of the playoffs in the 20 years since, including Ovechkin's entire career, before beating the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this spring to advance to the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He's also been scrutinized on two other occasions this postseason, narrowly escaping punishment from the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

"When you're working with (players), they're sometimes like your own kids", McPhee said.





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