Fourth line powers Golden Knights to Game 1 victory over Capitals

Fans celebrates a goal by Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Friday

Fans celebrates a goal by Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Friday

- Marc-Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby have been two of the hottest goaltenders during the postseason. None of the remaining six Stanley Cup Final games is scheduled to go head to head with the National Basketball Association.

According to NBC, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and Washington Capitals saw the telecast do a 28.1 local rating and a 44 share in Las Vegas.

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Vegas took a 5-4 lead later in the period and went on to seal the victory with an empty-netter.

Not surprisingly, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. led the list of the top-10 markets to watch Game 1. Less than a minute later, Nicklas Backstrom backhanded a shot past Fleury, who couldn't recover after sprawling to his right with T.J. Oshie coming around the back of the goal.

The Capitals weren't the only team to take issue with a hard check as Vegas was upset over Tom Wilson's blindside hit against center Jonathan Marchessault. Two teams feeling each other out.

The Capitals were getting a lot of pucks, but they weren't getting shots to the net in the first period.

The party just off the famed strip where there's a casino or a street performer at almost every turn started with a concert by rapper Lil Jon and continued with on-ice player introductions from famed ring announcer Michael Buffer.

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The Game 1 victor has won the last six Cups and 61 of 78 overall.

It marked the first time the Golden Knights trailed at home in regulation in the playoffs, but it didn't last long, as Karlsson made it 2-2 less than three minutes later, putting in a shot from the right side of the net off Holtby's shoulder during a goal-mouth scrum.

The crowd in Vegas was roaring, and the Golden Knights responded to the vivacity with the first goal of the game.

Washington tied it up at 14:14 when Connolly tipped his fifth between his own legs, off Miller's skate and beyond Fleury.

In the end, it was an ugly play in a game that was full of them, not just from a missed-calls standpoint.

Ryan Reaves tied the game at 4-4 by beating Holtby 2:41 into the final frame.

As the series goes on, players like Ovechkin and Karlsson should be able to find their way onto the score sheet given how much skill they possess, but Game 1 gave us a good look at which role players are capable of making key contributions that could give their team an important advantage.

Vegas unleashed six goals on the Capitals, who entered with two straight shutouts from the Eastern Conference final win over Tampa Bay.

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