The Capitals had lost Game 1 and lost team scoring leader Evgeny Kuznetsov to an apparent arm injury in the first period Wednesday, yet managed to kill a 69-second two-man disadvantage early in the third period.
The attendance number is the best of the team's three watch parties at the arena - with seats, again, filled in the 400 level.
After surrendering six goals in a game one defeat, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby responded with a brilliant 37-save performance and produced his dazzling best in a scoreless third period, which included a stunning save to deny Alex Tuch. "It's where entertainment meets sports and it's a pretty good deal".
With sizzling heat outside and a frenzied sellout crowd inside, T-Mobile Arena's ice melted into an inconsistent playing surface for the Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in the series opener.
While the quality of the ice isn't going to result in any games being postponed, it is something both teams have to gameplan for.
Oshie said "energizes." Coach Barry Trotz preferred "galvanizes" to describe what the hit did for his team, especially since the Caps felt McNabb's check may have crossed the line of legality. "We've got to focus on the present and the next moment".
James Neal and Shea Theodore scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the upstart Knights, who couldn't summon their usual clutch magic, even with lengthy man advantages. "I think he embraces the challenge". I've been to every Stanley Cup since '93, and this is as good as any of them. Washington probably should have won that game last night.
This is the Golden Knights' inaugural season and were 500-1 odds to win at the start of the season.
Vegas also took a 1-0 lead in Game 1, striking first when Colin Miller scored 7:15 into a game the Golden Knights ended up winning 6-4. Melrose is one of many figures from that season interviewed at length for this doc (others include famed Kings' announcer Bob Miller, former Kings' forward Luc Robitaille, and former Canadiens' forwards Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller), and he said while he loved his time with the Kings overall, he's still unhappy about how that series played out. "This group has had everything thrown at them and they just say, 'We're going to push on. This time of the year you need things like that, if you're going to move on". No one wants to see the best players injured, but at the same time it helped to inject life into a series.
"The hit on Kuzy. we thought it was high", said Trotz.
Over his National Hockey League career, Holtby has a 2.04 GAA and.929 save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs.