Capitals move to brink of maiden Stanley Cup triumph

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The Capitals might not have this because. what if this entire run, this whole magical journey on which Ovechkin seems destined to hoist the Stanley Cup, the Capitals seem destined to finally raise the ultimate banner and the District of Columbia seems poised to celebrate its first pro sports championship since 1992. what if this ends up being the ultimate answer to the question that has sent Capitals fans into the fetal position for three decades: "How will they blow it this time?"

"We've just got to get back to our game, getting pucks deep and getting in on the forecheck", Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland said. The Golden Knights had a great opportunity to score the game's first goal, but forward James Neal hit the post while staring at a wide open net.

Washington goes into Vegas knowing they can close out the series and end their 43 year drought with a huge performance by Braden Holtby and a 4 assist game by Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington can feel very confident in knowing that they hold the power in this series which can be closed out Thursday at 8 est in Vegas The Golden Knights need to regroup fast if they want to continue this unbelievable run that they have.

John Carlson lit the lamp with the man advantage to give the Caps a 4-0 advantage after 40 minutes.

Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov produced four assists for the Capitals, while goaltender Braden Holtby made 28 saves. The expansion Knights won Game 1, but have now lost three straight for the first time since late November and early December. The talented, young defenseman has been on the ice for four of the Capitals' past six goals in the series and was primarily responsible for two in Vegas' Game 3 loss Saturday night.

Notes: Vegas made one change to its lineup in Game 4 as winger Tomas Tatar drew in for David Perron.

Vegas has scored three goals against the Washington Capitals in the past two games and fallen behind 2-1 in a series for the first time in the playoffs. "I thought they had a pretty good level of urgency in their game...but when it mattered, we were able to get it done".

The puck has dropped, and Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final is under way in the nation's capital with Vegas trying to even the series against Washington at 2-2. The Toronto Maple Leafs erased a 3-0 deficit in 1942 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Theodore doesn't need to be a star, but he needs to be better for the Golden Knights to have a realistic chance of coming back in the Cup Final.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby took a shutout into the third period for the third consecutive home game. Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson of the Golden Knights follow at +2200 and +2800, respectively.

"We don't know how the ice conditions are going to be in our rink", Trotz said after the morning skate at the Capitals' suburban practice facility. Amid that, Connolly scored on a five-on-three power play with 1:09 left. "Put some pressure, hit some posts", Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

It was deflating. It was game-changing, if not series-changing. Invoking Michael Jordan's 63-point game on a broken foot and 38-point game with the flu, Kuznetsov said: "When you're hurt, you play a little better always".

The Capitals set a tone by blocking an eye-popping 15 shots in the first period alone, and 13 different players contributed at least one during the game.

If luck has escaped the Golden Knights, the opposite has happened to the Capitals. Five of the top 10 players in blocked shots this postseason play defenseman for the Capitals: Niskanen with a league-leading 51, Orpik with 43, Carlson and Dmitry Orlov tied with 40 and Kempny with 36. "I think we've gotten past that as a group".

The Knights felt they had put up their best period of the series, but still found themselves in a massive hole.

Wilson then converted a give-and-go pass from Kuznetsov to make it 2-0. "We want the Cup".