AUDIO: Hear the Capitals highlights from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) celebrates with Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), Jakub Vrana (13), Alex Ovechkin, top center, and Matt Niskanen (2) after Kuznetsovs' game-winning goal in the overtime period in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Ovechkin is having fun, scoring goals, leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final and destroying the bad rep some laid on him for not being able to get past the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

LAS VEGAS — The good news for the Capitals: They dropped the series opener in both their first-round and second-round series this postseason, only to rally and eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The bad news for the Capitals: Since the Stanley Cup became a best-of-seven competition in 1939, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to win 56 of the 78 series (good for a .718 winning percentage).

This may be relevant to the Capitals after they fell 6-4 to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Vegas improved to 7-1 at home this postseason.

Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom scored 42 seconds apart in the first period to give Washington a 2-1 lead. John Carlson set a franchise-record with his 17th career postseason goal (most by a Capitals defenseman), and Tom Wilson gave the Capitals a 4-3 lead in the third period.

Three goals from the Golden Knights’ fourth line in the third period accounted for the Vegas comeback. Ryan Reaves tied the game with 17:19 remaining in the third period, while Tomas Nosek scored the eventual game-winning goal with 10:16 remaining and sealed it with an empty-net goal with two seconds left in the game.

Hear the Capitals highlights below as called by John Walton and Ken Sabourin and on the Capitals Radio Network.


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