Stanley Cup Final: Capitals edge Golden Knights to even series

Mae Harvey
June 2, 2018

Holding a lead for all 20 minutes in the third period of a Stanley Cup Final is a good way to prove whether or not the Capitals are Stanley Cup worthy. Imagine Kovalchuk going back to the Devils to help ease the burden of Taylor Hall, especially now that New Jersey's style is about 10x more fun. It's going to be interesting. "That's why we worked so hard to be in this spot and be in this moment". The Golden Knights have made an incredible run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and Davis took out a full-page ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal to congratulate them on Monday.

Holtby made 37 saves, Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists in the Capitals' 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

"It's obviously pretty easy to stay focused", said Caps forward Jay Beagle. They lost Game 1 in the second round against Pittsburgh before bouncing back with a win in Game 2 and eliminating the two-time defending champion Penguins in Game 6. "I think that's the message that went out to everybody, so you won't see anybody gambling, you won't see anybody out in the sun for eight hours a time".

"As soon as you step on the ice, you feel a different atmosphere and energy", Ovechkin said.

Vegas continued its pressure early in the third, forcing Washington into two early penalties. His 1.88 goals-against average and.939 save percentage are still outstanding, however. Game 2 had five goals and a more concerted effort to lock up defensively. Washington was also sharper through the neutral zone. Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, his first in a Final, Brooks Orpik ended a personal 220-game goal drought with the eventual victor, and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists. Game 5 will be back in Vegas next Thursday.

Thanks to rising desert temperatures, the Stanley Cup Final in Vegas is on thin ice, literally.

"I don't care who they play against", Gallant said.

"I figured it was worth throwing $100 down on them to win, too", said Vosding, 40, who said he knew Vegas had a strong goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury going into the season.

Washington and Vegas combined to score at least two goals in each period of the opener and in the first and second periods of Game 2.

"To me, it was the hockey gods", Trotz said.

Let's just say it (lean into it because this being a Penguins fan blog, we'll get called whiners regardless) the National Hockey League has an officiating problem.

The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece.

"There were maybe a few unfortunate goals throughout this series", Fleury said.

The same way Wilson's hit on Vegas leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault in Game 1 sparked the Knights, the collision seemed to wake up the Capitals as Eller finished off a nice passing play by scoring his sixth with 2:33 left on the clock.

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