Holtby made 28 saves, but Game 1 was the second time he had allowed five goals this postseason (Vegas got its sixth goal on an empty-netter by Tomas Nosek).
Game 2 goes Wednesday in Sin City before the series switches to Washington for Games 3 and 4. He said he hopes to be at Capital One Arena for Game 4, as the Nationals are off that day. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NBC executives must have loved it. Giving up nine goals between them seemed unlikely but that's exactly what happened Monday night as both goalies were screened relentlessly, caught out of position at times and left out to dry on occasion by defensemen trying to keep up with two swarming offenses. The Golden Knights, resilient as ever, knotted the game at two goals apiece on William Karlsson's goal just before the first intermission.
The Knights opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first when Miller buried his first with a power-play blast that beat a screened Holtby, but the Capitals equalized at 14:41 when Connolly tipped his fifth between his own legs.
Ryan Reaves is best known as a fighter.
Heading into Game 1, Holtby had gone almost eight periods without allowing a goal, while Fleury had a.947 save percentage. He added that the Golden Knights have the "best fans and best arena in hockey, hands down-it's always insane here".
Tied 2-2 after a back-and-forth first, Smith swatted home his third of the post-season off an Engelland feed from behind the net at 3:21 of the second with Holtby swimming in his crease after Marchessault grazed the crossbar seconds earlier. Brought in from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, Reaves also scored the series-clinching goal in WInnipeg on a deft tip of a point shot. Some fans say the hype is even bigger because. well.
He skated in San Jose during their inaugural season of 1991-92 and had plenty of time to clean the garage that spring after the Sharks struggled to a 17-58-5 mark, finishing rock-bottom in the overall standings with just 39 points. "You've got two officials, one you can see right there".
That's more than 70 per cent of the shots in Vegas' favour in a situation where most teams are just hoping and praying they don't get scored on.
He was hired by the Golden Knights in September 2016 after an 18-year run as the face of the Hitmen, first as general manager and head coach and later as president of hockey operations for the local junior troupe.