Striving to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals have killed a pair of power plays to maintain a three-goal cushion.
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena.
T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists, Evgeny Kuznetsov had four helpers to push his point total to 31 for the playoffs, and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Under is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 Thursday games and Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and under is 5-1-2 in Capitals last 8 overall.
Barring a comeback of historic proportions - an unlikely occurrence after being outscored 12-5 over the past three games - the Golden Knights will always remember this series for "The Stick" and "The Post". Holtby saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced, and even after an ill-timed giveaway that handed the Golden Knights their only goal, it was impossible to tell by his poker face if his team was winning or losing.
It's as if the Washington Capitals have learned the secret of the Vegas Golden Knights' magic, decoded their DNA and discovered a way to eliminate their superpowers.
"We've been good at regrouping", Neal said. Washington made the adjustment in Game 2 and won 3-2, then gripped the defensive clamp even tighter Saturday night in a 3-1 win. The lone loser was the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, who blew a 3-0 lead to Toronto.
Sports Reporter Diane Roberts first met him, his wife Natasha, and their twins Nick and Alex named after Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin at Game 2, and wondered aloud whether one of their namesakes would do well in the game.
If the Capitals weren't aware of the speed and skill the Golden Knights possess entering the series, they got a first-hand lesson when they surrendered six goals in the opener.
The Capitals are -128 (bet $128 to win $100) favorites in Game 4, per OddsShark. "We knew they were going to come", Trotz said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Capitals are largely identified by a top line featuring the most prolific goal scorer of this generation playing alongside one of the game's most talented young stars.
James Neal and Reilly Smith replied for Vegas, which got 17 stops from Marc-Andre Fleury.
Oshie, who had once again travelled by subway with Matt Niskanen to the game, scored on the power play when he followed up on a shot from Kuznetsov for his eighth goal of the playoffs.
Washington used a strong first period to set the tone for victory.
"Some people would say oh, maybe blocked shots are a silly stat or not important, but any one of those that don't get blocked could easily end up in the goal so it's something that we have to do", Smith-Pelly said. A lot of guys make mistakes in hockey games and they don't end up in the back of the net.
The Capitals made no such mistake when their first big chance presented itself on the power-play with Oshie burying a rebound of an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury almost 10 minutes into the opening period. "They took penalties and we're OK with that if they want to take penalties".
Wilson then converted a give-and-go pass from Kuznetsov to make it 2-0. "We'll see what we're made of".
The Capitals have shown they can play against and beat anyone, with Smith-Pelly and Kempny proving to be ideal pieces for a team eying a championship. "We played a lot of the game the way we wanted to play it".
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