Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made an fantastic save Wednesday night, robbing Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch in the third period to lift Washington to a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch had a wide-open net over Holtby's right shoulder. This is a great hockey team, it's not a carnival act, it's not a question on a game show. "That's one of our strengths".
Yet, after the Golden Knights' victory, we're talking about a dirty hit and a missed call leading to a goal. Maple Leafs fans seem to be taking that Marleau comparison (and the team's heaps of cap room) to the next level.
The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from evening the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece. Washington was swept by Detroit in its only other Final appearance, in 1998.
"We'll do the best we can (in Game 3) and hopefully we play a real good game on the road".
After a rough opener in Vegas, Holtby rounded back into something approaching his form in back-to-back shutouts to close the Eastern Conference finals. He capped his energetic performance with that jaw-dropping stick save on Tuch with 1:59 to play.
Should that happen, the National Hockey League will likely see the hottest outdoor temperature ever recorded at a Final game - as well as a rink full of slushy, melting ice. He saw the odds on Las Vegas' expansion team winning it all - 200-to-1 at the time - and decided it was worth a $100 long shot as well.
But Ovechkin, one point behind Kuznetsov in the scoring race, reiterated he was confident his regular linemate would be good to go. Will Vegas head to Washington up two games, or can the Caps bring it back home tied 1-1?
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With extra space, Washington strung together several sharp passes culminating in Eller's sixth goal of the postseason. "We urge everyone heading to the nation's capital for the games to take transit, so they can fully enjoy the day". Eller had a goal and an assist in Game 5 against Pittsburgh; he had two goals and three assists in the first three games against the Lightning.
The Caps then silenced T-Mobile Arena when Eller got the puck to Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury.
The Capitals gave the Golden Knights five power-play opportunities in this game, including an extended 5-on-3 chance in the third period while clinging to a one-goal lead.
Vegas continued its pressure early in the third, forcing Washington into two early penalties.
The Golden Knights' logo was worked into hairdos of fans willing to make the commitment while others opted to have their face painted in black and gold.
The best part, however, might just be the nervous Alex Ovechkin on the back page, covering his mouth.
On the night, Holtby stopped 37 of 39 Vegas shots.
And while Washington outhit the Golden Knights, 46-39, it was some of Vegas' bigger hits that ignited the Capitals in the second period.