The Vegas Golden Knights are three wins away from the Stanley Cup as they took down the Washington Capitals 6-4 in game one on Monday.
Vegas scored three unanswered goals in the third period to seal the victory, and it was the definition of a team win.
The Golden Knights got an even contribution to take victory in the series opener at T-Mobile Arena.
Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, while Tomas Nosek scored twice for the winners.
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU
Gerard Gallant has been the perfect coach for the Golden Knights this season, and the play of his fourth line on Monday was a perfect example.
The Golden Knights got two crucial goals from their fourth line with one coming from Colin Miller, and another from Nosek. Better than even that though, the fourth line had several other chances which put Braden Holtby under pressure possibly when he thought he would not be.
Vegas have been the perfect example of team hockey this season, and their production from the first line to the fourth shows just how well they play together.
The Golden Knights were so good about responding after goals in the Western Conference finals and they continued their success in game one.
Washington had no shortage of goals on Monday, but Vegas made sure to not let a goal get them down. The Golden Knights scored less than three minutes after the Caps took a 2-1 lead and then just 1:31 after going down 4-3.
TJ OSHIE OPENS UP WELL
While the Capitals' success is very much based on how well Alex Ovechkin does, the argument could be made that TJ Oshie could be the catalyst for a victory.
Oshie showed that off Monday as he tallied several big hits and had two assists as well. He can change games for the Capitals with his size and athleticism, and while game one was a loss for Washington, that defeat had nothing to do with Oshie.
Game two is scheduled for Wednesday.
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