Fans gather at Bandito's to watch Caps play in Stanley Cup Finals

Fans gather at Bandito's to watch Caps play in Stanley Cup Finals

Fans gather at Bandito's to watch Caps play in Stanley Cup Finals

There were lots of goals and it was back and forth with the Golden Knights making the final push to win 6-4. Although goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the save and accidentally kicked the puck in, Wilson was left alone, too.

Fleury came into the series with a 1.68 goals-against average for Vegas with Holtby not far behind at 2.04.

CBS Sports reports it was a game that outdid the wildest pregame show yet in Vegas, with Buffer announcing the players following an intro that channeled "Game of Thrones" and included flying actors and a catapult.

Washington's Tom Wilson also flattened Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit that could reverberate through the Stanley Cup Final.

The Golden Knights were remarkably businesslike for a team that's three wins away from a Stanley Cup. Vegas's fourth line scored the final three goals of the game, and it started with Ryan Reaves's snipe over Braden Holtby's right shoulder a minute and a half after Wilson's goal. It just has to get back a little bit quicker and make the correct read faster.

"Route 91 was a very big negative, but our city turned it into a really big positive and I think the Golden Knights has been a really big part of that", Brad Sugars told KLAS-TV.

Vegas opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period when Miller scored his first of the playoffs with blast from the point on a power play that beat a screened Holtby. The story here is that Vegas' fourth line didn't just back into a couple of fluky goals and an empty netter.

"It's great when you see those guys get rewarded", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said.

Washington had failed to get beyond the second round of the playoffs in the 20 years since, including Alex Ovechkin's entire career, before beating the Pittsburgh Penguins this spring to qualify for the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And in these playoffs, the latter belongs to the Golden Knights.

It was the ninth goal of the game - good news for those who bet the over - and it was the game-winner. Though the Golden Knights had the long layoff of a week, they controlled play early and Washington didnt get its first shot until 5:38 into the game.

The expansion team has not been afraid to go insane for their pregame shows, especially during the playoffs, with Monday's just the most elaborate one yet. Wilson said after the game that Marchessault complimented him on the hit.

"And the horn sounds, and that takes care of the first!" "I know we have another level in our game".

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