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Nate Schmidt addresses the media in Las Vegas Sunday

Nate Schmidt addresses the media in Las Vegas Sunday

The Vegas Golden Knights' victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday delivered a 3.72 overnight rating, NBC announced, making it the best-rated Game 1 since 2015. With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming that third-period deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles.

"It could still end up being the biggest futures loss in Las Vegas history", Jim Murphy, an oddsmaker for SportsBettingExperts.com, told Forbes. The other seven picked the Golden Knights. But this has mostly been the city's doing in light of the championship-level excitement. But the bottom line is we won the game so we're going to be a lot happier than they are. This time, he initiated it with a blind-side, late hit on Jonathan Marchessault-the Golden Knights' leading scorer in the playoffs.

On a night when Sin City provided a glitzy, entertaining, over-the-top show for all the hockey world to see, a member of the supporting cast played the hero's role in a wild final act.

Strangely enough, none of the 10 goals came off the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who only had two shots on net, though he did have an assist in the game.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in an occasionally shaky performance, but the three-time Stanley Cup winner's new teammates carried the goalie who has so often carried them with a relentless outburst of offense.

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

Tomas Nosek scored the game-winning goal 9:44 into the third period and added an empty-net goal to cap off a contest that saw the lead change hands on four occasions.

Vegas set a frantic pace, outshooting Washington 8-2 over the first 13:48 and grabbing a 1-0 lead on defenseman Colin Miller's power-play blast from the right point at 7:15.

The first-period equalizer energized the fans once again, and Reilly Smith took advantage 3:21 into the second to give Vegas the lead once more.

Notes: The victor of Game 1 has lifted the Cup 78.2 per cent of the time since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 (61 of 78). Less than two minutes later, physical fourth-line forward Ryan Reaves punched a puck in from point-blank range to tie the game for Vegas.

Things particularly seemed to escalate in the third period.

"I am excited. It's just first win so", said Nosek, who prior to this season had played only 17 games in the National Hockey League.

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