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Bryce Harper won't be rooting for Capitals in Stanley Cup Finals

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1 Bryce Harper won't be rooting for Capitals in Stanley Cup Finals
Eugene Bates | 29 May, 2018, 13:05

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson defended his controversial hit on Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault in the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, saying it was "a good clean hit" in "playoff hockey".

One of the most impressive things about this Golden Knights team is their ability to suffocate the opposing team's offensive attack - just ask the Winnipeg Jets - and that was on display early in Game 1.

Like a No. 43 wrecking ball, the Capitals' frequent delinquent crashed the fun four minutes after scoring the what would have been the go-ahead goal, barreling into Marchessault's blind side. And in those instances when overtime is needed to find a victor for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, it just so happens that those goals tend to come in the first extra frame.

After watching the Golden Knights restore their lead thanks to goals from top-liners William Karlsson and Reilly Smith, the Capitals have pulled even again as John Carlson beat Marc-Andre Fleury for his fourth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And no matter what the past indicates, the Golden Knights and Capitals will be who ultimately decide their own future. Vegas winger David Perron was also given a two-minute minor for offsetting penalties.

"We're a good defensive group, but we weren't tonight", Marchessault said. You know, the reason we're actually here.

Golden Knights' trusted 4th line ride to rescue in wild Game 1

As incensed teammates flocked to Wilson, Marchessault headed to the locker room under his own power. 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. I mean, where does it end? "I have an away white, so looking forward to that".

Wilson has already been suspended three games this postseason for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese and his reputation will factor into whether or not the league decides to take further action on the hit. Vegas could be in trouble should the rest of the series continue to be a high-scoring affair, because that would seemingly favor Washington.

But first, they'll have to catch the speedy Golden Knights.

Fleury may not have another game like this one, so Holtby and the Capitals' team defence better find their response or this could be a short series.

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