It was also historic, as it was the first time a Stanley Cup Final game ever featured four lead changes. Reason being, of course, that no expansion team since the NHL's very first round of expansion has been able to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup final. It did not accomplish much and may leave Washington without its top-line right wing for Game Two. CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo looks at two players from each team who could take home the award as playoff MVP.
But first, they'll have to catch the speedy Golden Knights.
Marchessault spent time in the concussion quiet room but was allowed to return.
Notes: The victor of Game 1 has lifted the Cup 78.2 per cent of the time since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939 (61 of 78).
The rest of the series might not match that pace, but if it comes close it's going to be awesome.
US Navy warships sail close to militarized South China Sea
RIMPAC is the world's largest maritime military exercise and is held bi-annually in Hawaii, usually in June and July. China has refused to acknowledge the arbitral ruling and continues to claim the South China Sea in its entirety.
And one thing the Capitals may be able to take advantage of is the historical tendency for first-time Cup contenders to have some early series jitters.
A couple who survived the October shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has named their newborn after one of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey players, saying the team has brought some positivity into their lives after the tragedy. Washington faithful will recall their own franchise's struggles in their first final appearance, too.
Unburdened by the pressure of the No. 1 ranking, the Capitals have been focused and purposeful.
United States despatches army of envoys to salvage talks
There has been back and forward over whether the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will go ahead. The North hasn't openly repeated those same demands after Kim's sudden outreach to Seoul and Washington.
Vegas opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period when Miller scored his first of the playoffs with blast from the point on a power play that beat a screened Holtby. "Right after he got up he said 'good hit'".
Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the visitors.
This game was highly offensive, supremely entertaining and intoxicatingly competitive. Vegas has the better record in the 2017-18 playoffs winning 4-0 (Los Angeles Kings), 4-2 (San Jose Sharks) and 4-1 (Winnipeg Jets), while the Capitals won 4-2 (Columbus Blue Jackets), 4-2 (Pittsburg Penguins), and 4-3 (Tampa Bay Lightning). Seven games of this, please.
Watch live video of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting
Additionally, astronauts on the International Space Station can see the eruption and have sent photos of it to the U. A spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.