It’s all fun and smiles for Knights
saves in an occasionally shaky performance, but the three-time Stanley Cup winner’s new teammates carried the goalie who has so often carried them with a relentless outburst of offence.
The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn’t given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn’t seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights.
‘‘We put fun ahead of everything, and you can tell,’’ said Ryan Reaves, who scored the Knights’ tying goal in the third period. ‘‘Guys have are having fun and they’re smiling.’’
With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming a thirdperiod deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles.
The Game 1 winner has won the last six cups and 61 of 78 overall.