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And when the dust finally settled on the back-and forth affair, it was a pair of wildcards who led the Golden Knights to a 6-4 victory to keep the party going on Sin City.

The Golden Knights said the clues will be revealed on the team's Twitter account starting in the afternoon. When it was all said and done, a total of 10 goals would be scored. It's another to take a checking line with two discarded players and a pseudo-enforcer and turn them into a force - a force that just won an expansion team Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final. The Vegas Golden Knights followed up with quite a show themselves, which has also been the norm this spring. If you're a Washington fan or John Carlson and you think you got bagged, you did.

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

Less than four minutes into the second period, Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engellands pass from behind the goal line found Reilly Smith all alone in front as he lifted the rolling puck over Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby to make it a 2-2 game.

Tied 2-2 after a back-and-forth first, Smith swatted home his third at 3:21 of the second after Marchessault grazed the crossbar moments earlier, but the Capitals responded with Carlson's fourth at 8:29 on a night where neither team was satisfied with its defensive effort.

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After a pre-game spectacle that featured a glowing drum line, a Medieval Times-style sword fight and player introductions performed by Michael "Let's get ready to rumble!"

Nosek's victor at 9:44 of the final period came after Vegas defenceman Shea Theodore moved down the sideboards and fed the wide-open winger for his second goal of the playoffs.

But surprisingly, it was Washington that weathered the dust storm and punched back, scoring twice in a 42-second span to take a 2-1 lead on goals from Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom. "We haven't seen a championship or even a final in so many years", said Barber.

But a wild game was just getting started. When you note how big a factor special teams has been for Washington in particular (17 power-play goals for, 16 against in 20 games; Vegas has given up and generated 10 PPG), that could offset schematic improvements. We can't say for sure, but things are certainly off to the right start. "They compete hard for us and it's really nice to see them get rewarded tonight".


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