"I just stopped dead in my tracks, I was so excited", Lorin Hranicka, Monumental's director of suite client services, told Allen.
On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Washington coach Barry Trotz called Kuznetsov day-to-day.
I used to be a huge "let the boys play" kinda guy when it came to officiating, but following the 2004 lockout and seeing what the game could be when low-skill, low-speed players weren't allowed to make elite players slog through sticks, arms and cross-checks, that went out the window.
This is the Golden Knights' inaugural season and were 500-1 odds to win at the start of the season. It should have been a routine play. Tuch, who was in ideal position in front of the open net, one-timed the puck.
Holtby didn't have time to slide to his right, and as Tuch fired, the goaltender extended himself as far as he could. Marvel over Holtby twisting, lunging, reaching, anything to have a chance.
By reportedly valuing winning over getting maximum dollars, Kovalchuk doesn't just make his potential contract less risky. "The save of his lifetime".
"I screamed. Ears are still ringing", forward T.J. Oshie said. This team from Washington is an excellent hockey club, and obviously this series isn't going to go four games.
Holtby made 37 saves, but he got help from earthly sources as well.
"That's hockey", Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant said of Holtby. We can go out and win games on the road.
That was the fear when the playoffs began, wasn't it?
The hit seemed to spark Washington, which trailed 1-0 at the time, with Eller tying the score before setting up a power-play effort from Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik's first goal in 220 games for a 3-1 lead against the expansion Knights.
"He's our rock back there", said Beagle.
There's been plenty said about how good the Knights have been in Vegas all year long, and that home cookin' has tasted pretty good throughout the playoffs too. James Neal got the credit for the goal on a defensive gaffe by Washington's Dmitri Orlov, who tried to glove a lobbed pass but instead watched helplessly as Neal batted it out of the air for a mini-breakaway.
The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury. I'm proud to be involved in one of the great series ever played. The high scoring match was a surprise after both team's goalie had played so well over the first three rounds of the playoffs.
Kuznetsov clutched his forearm as he left the ice and was in a lot of pain. The Caps have one of the best players in the NHL in Alex Ovechkin, but this team has been on such an incredible run in their first season in the league, that they may be a product of destiny.
Trotz went one further Wednesday when he hit the official National Hockey League dais for his pregame session. "It's just one of those games".
The persistent Knights earned a power play and cut the Caps' lead to 3-2 late in the second on Theodore's shot through traffic. They then lost the opener of the second round to Pittsburgh and trailed Tampa Bay, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference final before posting shutout victories in the final two games.
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