Capitals move to brink of maiden Stanley Cup triumph

Capitals move to brink of maiden Stanley Cup triumph

2nd period brought on more action but saw only one goal scored and that was for the team who had everything going right for them through the whole game the Capitals John Carlson scores his 5th of the playoffs at 15:23 on the power play.

The Caps saw Oshie add an assist while Nicklas Backstrom logged a pair of assists followed by Evgeny Kuznetsov who added three helpers to make a victor of Braden Holtby and his 28 saves. Nicklas Backstrom added three assists.

Washington is looking to take a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-7 series. Vegas now has no answers for this duo as both were able to create multiple chances throughout the entirety of game three.

Erik Haula had the puck go off his skate and hit the post just over a minute in, Smith flubbed a shot at a wide-open net, and Neal also found iron on the most egregious miss of all with Holtby down and out on a power play before the Capitals exploded. "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight".

James Neal and Reilly Smith replied for Vegas, which got 17 stops from Marc-Andre Fleury. Neal, however, sent the puck off the far post and the Capitals cleared it out of their zone to keep the score at 0-0.

The game's final minutes were chippy with several post-whistle scrums. Tatar has five goals in his last three games against the Caps overall. "For us, Sasha will always be number 32, his Dynamo number, and not number 8, his Capitals number", Chalov said, using Ovechkin's Russian nickname.

Poised to give the Vegas Golden Knights the opening goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the veteran leader of this upstart expansion team hit the right post. It has put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Vegas and head coach Gerard Gallant, who is already publicizing possible adjustments and lineup changes in advance of Game 4. The Golden Knights have struggled to generate even-strength offense in the last two games, and Theodore's skill and vision can help them snap out of the funk. "In the three games, we haven't been good enough", he said.

Saturday night the line was on the ice for all three of Washington's goals and finished the game with a negative-3 plus/minus.

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"It's huge when you see O jumping in front of shots", Smith-Pelly said. "We changed some things up, worked a little bit harder". "But we have a good bunch of guys with a lot of character in the room".

Prior to the Washington onslaught, Vegas easily could have scored three times, but instead rolled snake eyes at the worst moment imaginable. And with 20.5 seconds remaining in the period, Smith-Pelly effectively put the game out of reach. The average game (per 60 minutes) sees Vegas generate about 10.5 unsafe shot attempts per 60 minutes.

"There was nothing that he could have done", Gallant said. "I thought we had some good chances".

The Capitals are -128 (bet $128 to win $100) favorites in Game 4, per OddsShark.

"A lot of kids playing hockey in Canada never got the chance to play in the NHL", Lalonde said.

Red-clad fans are filling the streets of Chinatown before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. Kuznetsov was questionable to play due to some health issues but looked fantastic once he hit the ice. Regardless of who fills the second wing spot, the line must be better if the Golden Knights are going to come back in this series. In the draft, Vegas made a decision to take goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins as the team hoped that he would carry it to a potential playoff berth.

Las Vegas has also previously been open about planning a parade even before the Stanley Cup Final began.

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