After dropping the first game of the series in Las Vegas, the Capitals have bounced back with two straight wins and have earned an edge in the Stanley Cup Final. The Stanley Cup has made the journey to the Russian capital at least three more times since - including as recently as previous year, when Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins brought it to Moscow's hockey museum.
In Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final against the Capitals, the Vegas Golden Knights offense struggled, only generating 22 shots on goal and scoring just once, a layup gift-wrapped by Braden Holtby.
It's probable that Neal was aiming far side to avoid the falling Matt Niskanen beside the Capitals' net, but...woof.
The Washington Capitals, who have a 2-1 Stanley Cup Final lead, host the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 on Monday.
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. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom.
Word of the Clark County Commission's plans to throw a parade for the Golden Knights - win or lose - leaked before Monday's Game 4. Vegas needs Fleury to be better and his teammates to improve in front of him in Game 5 on Thursday night or they will watch their opponent celebrate a championship their home ice. "I thought it was sort of the right thing that in a playoff game, first (home) victory in the finals that Alex would score the first goal".
"We don't dwell on the game before, let alone things that happened in years past", Oshie said.
After their third win in a row, the Capitals hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
In game three, Ovechkin and Kuznetsov each had a goal in the second period which gave the Capitals a commanding two goal lead approximately halfway through the contest.
The event will feature prizes, Chance, the Golden Aces, Knights Line presented by Drumbots and the Golden Knights. "There was a lot of that (in Game 4)".
That included Ryan McDougall of Las Vegas, standing near the glass before warm-ups began, who said Golden Knights fans are a bit of a novelty on the road.at first.
"We just knew there was another level we could get to", Trotz said Sunday. Brett Connolly's power-play tally with 1:09 left was the coup de grace. There are very few pro athletes on Earth I wish eternal happiness for more than Marc-Andre Fleury, a man who helped deliver Pittsburgh three Stanley Cups.
Whenever you lose the possession game and get out-chanced, it's important to win the special teams battle.
It sounds easy enough, but the Capitals have mastered their trap since about the 65-game mark of the regular season, when head coach Barry Trotz challenged them to renew their commitment to defence.
Plenty of action between Vegas and Washington in the opening minutes of Game 3, even if the game remained scoreless as the first period approached its midpoint. She wore a bedazzled gold jacket with a Golden Knights logo on it.
The Knights felt they had put up their best period of the series, but still found themselves in a massive hole.
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 failed to take advantage of the opportunity.
The highly skilled, shot blocking, physically sharp Washington Capitals, have all but put this fairy tale to rest.
"I thought we gave them some different looks", Carlson said.
The Capitals went up 2-0 on a filthy finish from Kuznetsov.