How significant is that? Teams with a 3-1 advantage in the Cup final have won 31 consecutive series and are 32-1 all-time since 1939.
And although Capitals teams of years past have lost their grips on 2-0 or 3-1 series leads in the playoffs, the current team was not concerned about rectifying that history - or following in their steps. "We want the Cup". "For us right now, it's like every game is the last game", Ovechkin said after Game 4. All trailed Washington 3-1 in the playoffs, and all came back to spoil the Caps' Cup hopes. The strains of "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" could be heard blocks away over the sound of scalpers looking for hard-to-find tickets. You use it to drive you forward. "Until that buzzer goes, trying not to think about it too much". That's what you're playing for.
The Capitals made no such mistake when their first big chance presented itself on the power-play with Oshie burying a rebound of an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury almost 10 minutes into the opening period.
The game's final minutes were chippy with several post-whistle scrums. But lady luck was on his side anyway as the puck clanked off the right goalpost and bounded away, keeping the game scoreless.
"It probably changes the game". 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. "It's tough. It's a great play. It's just their ability to stand up and make you force plays because it looks like there's more ice than there is, and then all of a sudden they do a good job of staying in front and retrieving pucks". "Honestly I thought (Neal's shot) was in, my angle, and somehow it didn't go in".
Fleury stopped Kuznetsov's initial shot, but the puck spilled to Oshie, who kicked it from his skate to his stick at the lip of the crease before burying his eighth goal of the post-season.
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. And with 20.5 seconds remaining in the period, Smith-Pelly put the game out of reach.Читайте также: DOJ appeals ruling that Trump can not block Twitter users
It was more of the same in the second period. But the glare of the final has become too much for the Golden Knights. Meanwhile, the Caps pushed ahead 4-0 on John Carlson's one-timer with Neal in the penalty box for slashing.
If Holtby (21 saves in Game 3), Kuznetsov and captain Alex Ovechkin (two goals in the last two games) can continue at this high level, the Capitals will head back to Vegas up 3-1.
They can even smell the champagne, corked for now but chilled upon arrival at T-Mobile Arena for Game 5 on Thursday.
Brett Connolly added a power play goal for the Capitals with 1:09 left in the game.
"The Stick" was wielded by Holtby, who used it late in Game 2 to snuff a seemingly sure goal by Tuch in a 3-2 Washington victory. And when they do, the posts seem to bail them out again and again.
Prior to the Washington onslaught, Vegas easily could have scored three times, but instead rolled snake eyes at the worst moment imaginable.
The Capitals got a pleasant surprise when Evgeny Kuznetsov not only played despite suffering an upper-body injury early in Game 2, but he played well with a goal and an assist to raise his postseason totals to 12 and 15, respectively.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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