"I know we have another level to our game".
This time it was the fourth line, with Ryan Reaves - the Game 5 hero of the Western Conference final - cross-checking Carlson to the ice and then one-timing a pass in front to tie the game.
The Golden Knights moved to 7-1 at home in the the playoffs before one of the league's loudest crowds.
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).
That post was seen by a woman in Las Vegas who made a decision to start an online fundraiser for airfare and hotel accommodations so Keeli could attend a Knights practice to meet the team.
Add Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Washington's playoff nemesis when he was with Pittsburgh, to the mix along with the bounce-back of Capitals counterpart Braden Holtby and there are so many ways this series could twist and turn.
It was also the highest-rated game ever on an NBC network in the Washington, D.C., market with a rating of 16.0. Simply put, the goal Reaves scored should not have counted.
It doesn't matter that this game looked different than virtually all of the Golden Knights' 15 previous playoff games, with its wild.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Reaves said he offered to fight the 6-4, 218-pound Wilson several times during games between the Penguins and Capitals earlier this season but his invitation was not accepted. But Washington seemed to push past its nerves and settle into the charged atmosphere.
Olczyk on the series: "If the Vegas Golden Knights are not the Sports Team of the Year or the Decade; I said this before, there should be an investigation". Its like a party. "Its like, Holy Jesus, are we in a hockey game or is this like a pool party out there?" Will that streak end with the Capitals and Golden Knights this year? A long and elaborate pregame ceremony meant puck drop wasnt until 8:22 p.m.
Famed ring announcer Michael Buffer then provided his patented "Let's Get Ready To Rumble!" call prior to introducing the starting lineups.
Ovechkin will probably get his goals, which he didn't in Game 1 (he did nab an assist, though).
A minute and 10 seconds into the third period, Washington's Tom Wilson deflected an Alex Ovechkin shot that Fleury appeared to kick into his own net to make it 4-3 for the Capitals. Less than a minute later, Oshie lost the puck on a wraparound attempt, but Backstrom, playing with an injured right index finger, punched it past Fleurys extended left pad. Fleury finished that run with a 1.97 GAA, .933 save percentage and three shutouts - he has never finished a post-season with a GAA below two, SP above.930 or more than two shutouts since.