Caps close to kissing 1st Cup

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The Golden Knights didn't have a lot of stellar chances besides that, and the Capitals countered with goals by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Devante Smith-Pelly. The Golden Knights would pay as the T.J Oshie scores his 8th of the playoffs at 9:54 making it a 1-0 Washington lead. The following game is Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. "I talked to him last night". Backstrom had three assists. Washington goalie Braden Holtby said after the game he thought it was in.

He's a physical presence back there and maybe gives guys a second less to think with the puck, I guess you could say, and maybe rush a play or something if they don't want to get hit. "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight". James Neal scored with 14:17 to play for Vegas' first goal.

John Carlson scored the only goal of the second period on a power play at 15:23, giving the Capitals a 4-0 lead. Neal fired across the crease and Holtby extended his paddle, much like he did in robbing Alex Tuch in the final minute of Game 2.

Lisa Motley, director of sports marketing and special events for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Professional sports have been a staple for Las Vegas for decades with championship boxing matches, PGA golf tour events and the National Finals Rodeo. He received a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and blasted a slapshot past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to seal the win for Washington.

Easy-going and even-keeled, the Vegas Golden Knights coach is matter-of-fact in his dealings whether he's talking to a young defenceman in his office or with reporters from the ominous-looking podium at the Stanley Cup Final. Now, the expansion darlings are in danger of falling short of their ultimate goal unless they can put together three consecutive victories. "We've got to step up our game".

In the second period, a clearly frustrated Neal asked one of the Golden Knights' equipment managers to rub and kiss his stick for good luck. Amid that, Connolly scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:09 left. "We'll see what we're made of". "We changed some things up, worked a little bit harder".

"We're in a familiar situation with a lot of doubters". Yet it would only take a win by Vegas, one that would tie this series and send it back to Nevada, to truly throw us into the mixer.

The Capitals rattled off three straight goals before the period ended to take full control. They are blocking more shots, getting more timely saves, and - most importantly - converting on more scoring opportunities.

Just look at this shot chart that lays out where each team's chances came from at 5-on-5 through the first two periods.

"There was nothing that he could have done", Gallant said. "But we've got a good group of leaders in the room ... and we'll be focused at the start".

Added Trotz: "As a coach, you want your top player to set the tone, and he did with his intensity, his physicality, all the details".

Gallant said he never considered pulling Fleury. The Golden Knights are +116 underdogs.

According to Ticket IQ, the cheapest Game 4 tickets are up nearly $400 from last week. "Our power play was good", Trotz said.

The Golden Knights made their first lineup change of the Final by going with forward Tomas Tatar, who finished a plus-1.

Throughout the playoffs, Vegas has been at their best after consecutive losses.

And yet Orpik and Engelland have helped their teams reach the Stanley Cup Final and shown there's still value in having a big defensive defenseman along for the ride - especially this time of year.

Not since Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings in 1942 have a team come from 3-1 down to win the Stanley Cup.