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Caps Today, 5/29/18

May 29, 2018
Two different Capitals set franchise records in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. With an assist, Evgeny Kuznetsov extended his franchise-record postseason point streak to 11 games (6g, 10a), the longest by any player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2010 and fifth-longest since 1997 (Eric Staal, 2016: 15 games). Additionally, John Carlson scored his 17th career playoff goal to move past Kevin Hatcher (16) for the most by a defenseman in Capitals history. Carlson leads NHL blueliners with 17 points (4g, 13a) this postseason, which are the franchise records for assists and points by a defenseman in one playoff year.

The Capitals face the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST at T-Mobile Arena.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Knights' Depth Comes to Fore in 6-4 Game 1 Win / Caps and Knights Clash For Cup / SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Golden Knights surge back against Capitals, win Stanley Cup finals Game 1, 6-4  1 / What was that? Braden Holtby and the Capitals look unsteady in high-scoring Game 1. / After a Las Vegas show, a hockey game broke out at the Stanley Cup finals / Svrluga: The Capitals can’t afford to play wide-open games against Vegas / D.C. Sports Bog: Ted Leonsis surprises 200 employees with a trip to Las Vegas to watch the Caps / D.C. Sports Bog: NBC’s Mike Milbury rips officials for ‘unforgivable’ missed call in Caps’ Game 1 loss / D.C. Sports Bog: A casual fan’s bandwagon guide to the Stanley Cup finals / D.C. Sports Bog: Experts split on Stanley Cup finals, but one very good dog picks the Capitals / Going out Guide: Where to watch the Stanley Cup finals with other Capitals fans / Reliable Source: Eleanor Holmes Norton bets with Nevada colleague on the Capitals’ Stanley Cup chances / Photo Gallery: Painting the town red

Washington Times: Stanley Cup: Golden Knights take wild Game 1 / Las Vegas throws celebrity-packed party to kick off Stanley Cup / Capitals have 12,498 attend Stanley Cup Final watch party / Bryce Harper appears on Golden Knights' Jumbotron ahead of Stanley Cup Game 1 / Stanley Cup Game 1: How to watch and what to watch for / Capitals-Golden Knights series could be most expensive NHL final ever

NBC Sports Washington: Tom Wilson defends big hit on Jonathan Marchessault / Ryan Reaves' game-tying goal never should have counted / 4 reasons the Caps lost Game 1 to the Golden Knights / Tarik's 3 stars: Vegas' fourth line dominates the third period in Game 1 / Folks, Capital One Arena's Stanley Cup watch party is POPPIN' right now / Jimmy Fallon hands out hilarious superlatives to Capitals players ahead of Stanley Cup Final / Once a fan favorite in Washington, Nate Schmidt will play a leading role for Vegas in Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com: Golden Knights defeat Capitals in back-and-forth Game 1 of Cup Final / Ovechkin, Capitals remain confident against Golden Knights in Cup Final / Holtby struggles with 'rust' in Game 1 loss to Golden Knights / Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Golden Knights win wild Game 1 / Nosek, Golden Knights crowd among top performers in Game 1 of Final / Capitals, Golden Knights fans party before Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final / Orioles, Nationals managers show support for Capitals before Cup Final

AP: 6 of a kind: Golden Knights outlast Caps 6-4 in Final opener / Goalies under siege in Game 1 shootout between Caps, Knights / The Latest: History working vs Capitals, down 0-1 to Vegas / An older, wiser Alex Ovechkin leading the way for Capitals

The Athletic: Burnside: Vegas welcomes Washington to its playoff club / Crease to Crease: Scouting report for Braden Holtby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury / Conn Smythe Watch: Marc-André Fleury leads the way (duh) / NHL playoffs probabilities (updated daily)

Bleacher Report: Golden Knights Beat Alex Ovechkin, Capitals 6-4 in Wild Stanley Cup Final Game 1

Canadian Press: Vegas draws 1st blood as Knights, Capitals put on a show in Cup opener

CBS Sports: NHL Playoffs 2018: Golden Knights outlast Capitals in epic Game 1, final score, highlights / NHL Playoffs 2018 Bracket: Golden Knights take Game 1 over Capitals in wild Stanley Cup Final / NHL Playoffs 2018: Four takeaways from Golden Knights' Game 1 win over the Capitals / 2018 NHL Playoffs: Conn Smythe odds, favorites heading into the Stanley Cup Final / Capitals vs. Golden Knights odds, Game 1: NHL expert on 18-6 run makes picks for 2018 Stanley Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final: Bryce Harper has picked a side for Golden Knights vs. Capitals

ESPN: Five things we learned in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final  

The Hockey News: Expect The Unexpected In Stanley Cup Final: Fourth Line Powers Golden Knights To Victory In Game 1 / For Mcphee And Maclellan, Stanley Cup Final Sees Childhood Teammates Become Rival Gms / What History Tells Us To Expect And About The Importance Of Game 1 Of Stanley Cup Final

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Capitals see better days ahead in Stanley Cup Final

L'Équipe.fr: Las Vegas capsized with happiness (Link in French)

National Post: Vegas Golden Knights, the little expansion team that could, win first game in Stanley Cup final / Why an ex-Capitals scratch means everything to Vegas' band of misfits

NBC Sports: Golden Knights beat Capitals in Stanley Cup Final Game 1 thriller / PHT’s Three Stars: Golden Game 1 for Vegas / Golden Knights upset about Wilson hit; Capitals react to Reaves non-call / Tom Wilson late hit part of Stanley Cup Game 1 getting nasty / Fleury’s past playoff dominance of Capitals not what it seems / Capitals vs. Golden Knights: PHT predicts 2018 Stanley Cup Final / PHT Stanley Cup Final Roundtable: Vegas’ speed, X-factors / Capitals vs. Golden Knights: Three questions about the Stanley Cup Final / Capitals’ ‘under the radar’ season lessened pressure entering playoffs

New York Times: Golden Knights Take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

Omnisport: Stanley Cup Final: 3 takeaways from Golden Knights' Game 1 win / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Three Golden Knights-Capitals storylines to watch / Stanley Cup Final: Marc-Andre Fleury aids Tom Wilson in go-ahead goal

Reuters: Golden Knights rally to top Caps in Stanley Cup Final Game 1

Sporting News: Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals' Barry Trotz thought penalty should've been called on Ryan Reaves' goal / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Fourth line lifts Golden Knights to Game 1 win over Capitals / Conn Smythe power rankings: It's Marc-Andre Fleury's MVP award to lose

Sports Capitol: Costly entertainment: Capitals lose back-and-forth Game 1 / News, notes and quotes from Game 1 / Capitals-Golden Knights Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Preview

Sports Illustrated: Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Stanley Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas / Stanley Cup Final: Late Goal Lifts Golden Knights to Game 1 Win Over Capitals / How the Roster Decisions of Golden Knights GM George McPhee Color the Stanley Cup Final

SportsNet: Golden Knights 3 wins away from achieving the ‘impossible’ / Fourth-line heroes come up big for Golden Knights in Game 1 / Ron and Don: Canada still has plenty to cheer for in all-American final

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's Walker on the brink of Stanley Cup

The Trentonian: Back-up netminders Grubauer, Lagace ready if needed

TSN: Statistically Speaking: Fourth line lifts Vegas to Game One win / Golden Knights last ones standing after Wild West shootout / McPhee vs. MacLellan: ‘Not as close’ as they used to be / Statistically Speaking 48 points before the Stanley Cup Final / Fallon takes jabs at Ovechkin, Fleury and other NHL players ahead of the Stanley Cup Final / Capitals fans packed the Capital One Arena in D.C. to watch Game 1of the Stanley Cup / Matt Niskanen played a legendary Nintendo game the night before Game 1 of Stanley Cup / Kuznetsov had the most wholesome reason to enjoy playing the Golden Knights / Ovechkin made a Putin joke when asked about fan support in Russia

UPI: Capitals' Wilson blindsides Golden Knights' Marchessault

USA Today: Vegas Golden Knights win wild Game 1 against Washington Capitals / Alex Ovechkin 'on a little bit of a mission' in Stanley Cup Final

Washington Blade: Caps fans rock the red for Stanley Cup

Wide World of Sports: Australian Nathan Walker eyes history with Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final

WTOP: DC street closures in tow for the Stanley Cup Final

WUSA 9: The Washington Capitals fan Captain Obvious shares his thoughts on Game 1

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: What We Learned: Can we really predict anything in the Stanley Cup Final? / Trending Topics: A Stanley Cup Final in chaos

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Capitals Postgame | May 28 / Caps 365 | May 28 / Barry Trotz Postgame | May 28 / Two-Man Advantage | May 28 / Pregame Podium | May 28 / Barry Trotz Pregame | May 28 / All-Access | On a Mission

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Caps vs. Knights 5/28/18 (Game 1)

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/29 Hour 1- Caps Lose Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals / Sports Junkies: 5/29 Hour 2- Game 1 reactions, Neil Greenberg / Sports Junkies: 5/29 Hour 4- Wilson getting suspended?, John Walton

CBS Sports: Is another suspension imminent for Tom Wilson?

ESPN: Vegas' balance key to Game 1 win / Ovechkin, Fleury ready for exciting Stanley Cup Final / Get Up!: Hour 1: 8 Straight (Capitals mentioned)

The Hockey News: The Hockey News Podcast: Which Player Will Be The Stanley Cup X-Factor?

NBC Sports: Vegas finds way to win with Fleury being average / Caps should feel good going into Game 2, says JR / Expect Holtby to bounce back after shaky Game 1 / Wilson could've been called for a 5-minute major / Milbury doesn't agree with Reaves' goal counting / Ovechkin isn't feeling the pressure of the SCF / McPhee's impact on the 2018 Stanley Cup Final

NBC Sports Washington: SCF Game 1: Golden Knights defeat Caps in epic start to series / Capitals need to solidify defense around Holtby in Game 2 / Player's Cut: Oshie tallies two assists in Game 1 loss / Tom Wilson explains his side to controversial Game 1 hit / Tarik and Rob go full tourist in Las Vegas / Back when the "Great 8' met NBA greatness / The Capitals are ready for the Stanley Cup, are you? / The Path to Greatness

NHL.com: Raising the Cup in one word / Reaves and Burakovsky interviews

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Hersch on Game 1 / NHL Tonight: Amount of Goals / NHL Tonight: Tom Wilson Hit / NHL Tonight: Ovechkin's Legacy / NHL Tonight: Holtby vs. Fleury / NHL Tonight: Evgeny Kuznetsov / NHL Tonight: John Carlson / NHL Tonight: Hersch on Cup Final / NHL Tonight: Bettman on Cup Final / NHL Now: X-Factors / NHL Now: John Walton / NHL Now: Melrose on Cup Final

NPR: Washington Capitals Make It To Stanley Cup Final For First Time In 20 Years (Featuring John Walton)

Sports Capitol: Red Line: Capitals roll snake eyes in Game 1 loss at Vegas

SportsNet: Alex Ovechkin Silencing His Critics With Trip To Stanley Cup Final / Golden Knights Have Conditioned Us To Believe In The Impossible / Capitals’ Wilson Believes His Hit On Marchessault Was Clean / Marchessault, Reaves Know Wilson Hit Was Late, League Will Handle It / Capitals See First Hand Depth & Skill Of Golden Knights / If You Swapped Fleury And Holtby, May Not Notice Difference / Kenny Albert Reminisces About Days Rooming With Barry Trotz

TSN: Wilson's hit on Marchessault sets the table for Game 2 / The Panel: Goalies shouldn't be blamed for 10-goal opener / The Panel: Vegas' fourth line shines the brightest in chaotic Game 1 / Reaves on Marchessault hit: 'That's classic Tom Wilson' / Smith: 'You take a win when you can get them' / Button: Wilson's hit on Marchessault was 'shoulder-to-shoulder' / Controlling middle ice key for both Washington and Vegas / The Panel: How big a role will matchups play in Game 1? / The Panel: Scoring first key for both teams / Cup Final pits Fleury against familiar foe Ovechkin once again / Fleury, Knights take advantage of time off to prepare for Cup Final

TSN Edmonton 1260: Seravalli: Tom Wilson has lost the benefit of the doubt / Rishaug: A well-rested Vegas squad could be the difference

TSN Montreal 690: 3 Starr Quiz: Who's to blame for the Capitals Game 1 loss? / McGuire: A heavyweight showdown in Vegas / Bernstein: Expect a low scoring series / Habs Lunch: Who has the edge?

TSN Toronto 1050: McKenzie: Caps have to focus on puck management against speedy Vegas

TSN Winnipeg 1290: LeBrun: Golden Knights-Capitals match-up is like a Hollywood script / Bernstein: There is a path to victory for Washington

WNST: Ed Frankovic joins Nestor to recap tough Game 1 loss for Caps in Las Vegas

WTOP: AUDIO: Hear the Capitals highlights from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

Golden Knights Clips:

AP: Column: Bettman and Daly put on a lounge show of their own

The Athletic: LeBrun: Vegas puts on a spectacle and scores yet another improbable victory / Starting with Brad McCrimmon, Stanley Cup final is a time to remember absent friends and fond memories

Knights on Ice: Golden Knights defeat Capitals 6-4 in Game 1, take 1-0 series lead in Stanley Cup Final / Ovi or Novi? / Journey to the Cup: How the Washington Capitals reached the Stanley Cup Final

NHL.com: Golden Knights get boost from fourth line in Game 1 against Capitals / Golden Knights get wild win against Capitals in Game 1 / Stanley Cup Final blog: Ryan Carpenter / Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1 Preview: What to watch for as the Golden Knights look to take a 1-0 series lead against the Capitals / 5 Washington Capitals players to watch in the Stanley Cup Final

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Golden Knights claim Stanley Cup opener behind Nosek’s 2 goals / Golden Knights favored in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final / What people are saying about Golden Knights-Capitals Game 1 / By the numbers: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final / Knights beat Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final — PHOTOS / Gary Bettman: Golden Knights’ success shows ‘magic of sports’ / Script doesn’t go to plan as Holtby, Fleury struggle in Game 1 / Golden Knights’ fourth line crashes Stanley Cup Final party

Las Vegas Sun: Whether you like or dislike Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final, it's good for hockey / Nosek, Golden Knights' fourth line thrive late in Stanley Cup Final opener / Golden Knights’ otherworldly ability to answer pays off in Stanley Cup opener / Nosek leads Golden Knights to 6-4 win over Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

National Post: Who is Tomas Nosek, the Stanley Cup final's newest hero? Not even his Vegas teammates know
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