They desperately need a win Monday in Washington, which has a two-games-to-one lead in the Finals.
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. "But we just grinded it out, we use our chances, stick to the system, stick to the plan, and we get the result".
Smith-Pelly scored his second goal in as many games on Monday, and his tally proved to be the game-winning goal in the Capitals' 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The victory gave the Capitals a 3-1 series lead and put them within one win of their first Stanley Cup.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, the NHL's leading scorer in the playoffs with 31 points, added four assists. There was James Neal moments later, misfiring onto a yawning net with goalie Braden Holtby watching helplessly nearby and ... Presented with a power play in a scoreless first period, Vegas worked the puck around smartly in the Washington zone. The expansion Knights won Game 1, but have now lost three straight for the first time since late November and early December.
From here, it looks like the Golden Knights are finally folding. "We have magic this season, and I'm so proud of them!" "In saying that, there's some areas we can look at over the next couple days and touch on and improve because they're gonna keep pushing forward. WANT! THE! CUP!" to the downtown streets that pulsed with equal parts red sweaters and delirium.
Only one National Hockey League player since 1997 has scored more goals in a single postseason: Sidney Crosby had 15 in 2009 while leading Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. "I thought they had a pretty good level of urgency in their game...but when it mattered, we were able to get it done".
Oh man, the game is on, and I talked through the whole opening, just like a real sportscaster would do! "We've got to turn this around".
"It can be easy in a game where you can clinch to get a little bit ahead of ourselves", Oshie said.
I shouldn't make fun, it really is hard to keep coming up with stuff to say like every single day.
The Golden Knights have found how hard it is to try to come back against the Capitals and need to adjust quickly down 2-1 in the Cup Final going into Game 4 Monday night.
"We realize and we appreciate the guys that were here before us and the groundwork that they've laid for us".
"We haven't dwelled much on the past", Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. "It seems like the rest of the city is on board with that". We've proved that we're very good on the road and we're going to go there and put our best effort in there. "We haven't dwelled much on the past". The Golden Knights landed in Washington with a split series and left one loss from elimination, still unable to solve the Capitals' thorny neutral-zone forecheck and the bearded brick wall behind it (Holtby made 28 saves), still searching for some secondary scoring from a bottom-six forwards corps that has generated one total goal over the past three games. "That's big thing for us". Fleury has allowed 16 goals in four games and a save percentage of.845. Neal panicked and hit the post, which actually means he missed the net entirely.
Special teams were also responsible for Washington's first goal, 10 minutes in.