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Knights down Caps in Stanley Cup thriller

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May 28, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa (47) battles for the puck with Washington Capitals center Chandler Stephenson. Reuters

LOS ANGELES (AFP) –Tomas Nosek struck twice as the Vegas Golden Knights staged a late fightback to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a thrilling opening game one of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday.

A wild encounter at the T-Mobile Arena saw the lead change hands five times as the Knights launched their hopes of becoming the first expansion side in history to win the National Hockey League showpiece at the first attempt.

Nosek was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He scored the Knights first franchise goal on home ice at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights started the NHL season as 500-1 outsiders according to bookmakers odds, but have confounded conventional wisdom by powering into the Stanley Cup finals at the first go. Game two takes place tonight.

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