Sick pass by Stephenson but Florida just had no interest in covering the front of the net lmao pic.twitter.com/Ct02J2OXKg
– Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 4, 2023
Even if at first glance they don’t look like very attractive clubs, Vegas and Florida have the perfect portrait of a playoff team, with ben de la grit.
There’s Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett, Nick Cousins and Radko Gudas on one side, and Nicolas Roy, Keegan Kolesar and William Carrier on the other.
Here’s the starting line-up for both teams.
Cousins – Bennett – Tkachuk
Staal – Montour
Carrier – Roy – Kolesar
Martinez – Pietrangelo
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 4, 2023
ERIC STAAL GETS THE PARTY STARTED!
– BarDown (@BarDown) June 4, 2023
The goal was scored during a numerical disadvantage. Although the special units didn’t make much difference to these two teams, in this first game, they were a very important factor.
Following Staal’s goal, the Golden Knights returned to the power play, and this time, they had no intention of squandering such an opportunity.
Quebec’s Jonathan Marchessault leveled the score with a shot from the slot. Chandler Stephenson served the beautiful pass to Marchessault.
Marchessault is beginning to establish himself as one of the playoffs’ most valuable players. He has scored no less than 10 goals in his last 11 games.
Not bad for a player selected in the expansion draft, who was passed over by… the Panthers.
It’s worth mentioning that Florida decided to protect Nick Bjugstad in the 2017 expansion draft, rather than the Quebecer. They must blame themselves.
Adin Hill had no intention of taking it easy to start the second period. He’s made a number of very important saves in this series, but this one, ladies and gentlemen, was a gem.
What an insane stop by Adin Hill pic.twitter.com/RKpybAhI1y
– Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 4, 2023
SWEET STUFF SHEA! 🤩 #StanleyCup
Shea Theodore rips home the puck to give the @GoldenKnights the lead!
– NHL (@NHL) June 4, 2023
12-seconds away from getting out of the period pic.twitter.com/IBDKyrCWk7
– The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 4, 2023
However, the play was overhauled when Stone allegedly touched the puck over the legal limit. Fortunately for Bruce Cassidy’s team, the goal was allowed.
During this massive attack, Paul Maurice tried his best to pull his goalie back. Unfortunately, Reilly Smith confirmed his side’s victory in an empty net.
– Defenseman Radko Gudas played just over two minutes in the first period, as he left for the dressing room following an altercation between himself and Jack Eichel. However, he returned at the start of the second period.
– The Golden Knights dominated their opponents in terms of blocked shots. After two periods, it was 14-6, but it ended 16-11. Zach Whitecloud and Alex Pietrangelo stood out with 4 blocked shots each.