"Every year, teams get knocked out based on one bounce", Capitals winger Tom Wilson said. Home team Washington is -130 on the money line, meaning you would need to risk $130 to win $100, while Vegas is +110 (risk $100 to win $110).
Look for that to happen in Game 4, as the Golden Knights find a way to win the game and square the series at 2-2.
Orpik scored the Game 2 victor - his first goal of any kind since February 26, 2016 and first in the playoffs with the Capitals - and didn't even remember celebrating. John Carlson scored in the second with Michael Kempny and Brett Connolly scoring in the third. "I think everybody saw it".
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby said defensemen like Orpik are usually his favorite players because of what they do in front of the net. Backstrom had three assists. Vegas has won four straight games after consecutive losses, and they are 8-3 total in their inaugural season in this situation. The under has hit in four of six for Vegas, and the Capitals have outscored 7-1 in their last two home games. "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight".
The 3rd period saw what looked to be life in the Golden Knights as James Neal makes up for his empty net miss in the 1st with a goal of his own as he scores his 6th of the playoffs at 5:43 to make it 4-1 Capitals.
The game's final minutes were chippy with several post-whistle scrums. Ask any coach if he'd rather have a lethal power play or a diligent penalty kill and he'll take the former 100 days out of 100.
Oshie and two Vegas players, Deryk Engelland and Ryan Reaves, drew game misconducts in the final 2:16.
"Tommy Williams, one of our better players, used to say, 'We've got a good team".
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"We still have a lot of minutes to be played, a lot of minutes", said Marc-Andre Fleury, the unflappable goalie who kept the Knights in Game 3 with 23 saves, including a handful of acrobatic ones.
While the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights were on the ice battling in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Vegas' PR was hard at work. Now, the expansion darlings are in danger of falling short of their ultimate goal unless they can put together three consecutive victories.
"It was frustrating", head coach Gerard Gallant said.
Orpik has the eighth-worst Corsi percentage - a measure of shot attempts that simulates puck possession stats - among defensemen to play in at least 10 playoff games. "In the three games, we haven't been good enough", he said. His pinpoint, cross-zone pass to Tomas Nosek led to the game-winning goal in Game 1 and was an indication of his potential and ability to create scoring opportunities for teammates. "We also have to try to not let them set up, so if there's a turnover, a quick one, we can punt it up, go back on offense". "That's big thing for us". And with 20.5 seconds remaining in the period, Smith-Pelly effectively put the game out of reach. He got down to the lower bowl from his upper-deck seats and managed to get the crab on the ice after the Capitals beat the Golden Knights 3-1 to take a 2-1 series lead.
This much is certain: The reeling Golden Knights were looking for something, anything, to build on when they entered Game 4, and a 1-0 lead would have been splendid. "But we've got a good group of leaders in the room ... and we'll be focused at the start". "We played a lot of the game the way we wanted to play it".
"The nucleus of [the Capitals] is Russian, and the country is ecstatic", said Sergei Fedorov, a Russian who starred for the 1997 and 1998 Red Wings and played parts of two seasons with the Capitals at the end of his National Hockey League career.
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. Have the Golden Knights run out of luck or are the Capitals simply playing at a higher level? 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.
At long last, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals are finally upon us.