Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals draw level with Vegas Golden Knights

Arnold Nichols
June 2, 2018

We can go out and win games on the road.

The Capitals and Golden Knights take the ice for Game 3 at 8 p.m. Saturday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Stanley Cup finals series is tied 1-1.

Later, taking Kuznetsov's spot to the right of the net on the first power-play unit, Eller fed Alex Ovechkin in the bottom of the left circle for a power-play goal that gave Washington a 2-1 lead at 5:38 of the second period. It was a pretty sequence that involved some swift puck movement and a fantastic adjustment by Ovi, who was able to get his hands across the body to fire a shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

After the puck bounced off the boards behind Holtby, it shot across the crease to Knights center Cody Eakin on the right side. But the heat didn't fry the spirits of the fans who filled the plaza next to T-Mobile Arena to capacity before the puck dropped, continuing this gambling mecca's fanatical support of its first major pro sports team.

Holtby capped his energetic performance with a jaw-dropping stick save with 1:59 to play, stretching back to rob Alex Tuch of a possible tying goal.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the save was a message from the hockey gods. "This is a fun opportunity to learn about the stories of their fandom and the role the sport plays in the lives of some of Hollywood's biggest stars". It's incredible. In that moment he made that save, he didn't stop, he didn't quit the play, and it's unbelievable.

I used to be a huge "let the boys play" kinda guy when it came to officiating, but following the 2004 lockout and seeing what the game could be when low-skill, low-speed players weren't allowed to make elite players slog through sticks, arms and cross-checks, that went out the window.

By reportedly valuing winning over getting maximum dollars, Kovalchuk doesn't just make his potential contract less risky. "Maybe the save of a lifetime". I think you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who's rooting for the Capitals no matter how good they are. Looking at reporters, he then drew laughter when he said, "That's smooth, real smooth" to perfectly mimic the Patrick Kane-Duncan Keith commercial that's been running ad nauseum on NBC during the playoffs.

"My heart stopped on the bench", said Caps' forward Andre Burakovsky. "I've seen a lot of them before, but just the magnitude of it". "When you get behind in a sequence", Valiquette said, "you never catch up. And luckily it hit me".

Holtby, 28, is that rare healthy franchise goaltender who was not chosen to start the playoff opener.

The Golden Knights took their pre-game celebrations to a new level Monday night, and Melrose said he's a big fan of their opens. It would be more hard to sustain that effort and adrenaline for an entire game without him, though it's a test they passed without Backstrom earlier in the playoffs. "When you're one of two hockey teams left playing in the world, you're a pretty good club, and Vegas is a pretty good club". "If it happened that I was called upon to play I was just trying to do everything I could to be ready".

"I try to disconnect myself from social media", Holtby said.

"It looks bad on paper, but this year I think is one of those years where I've learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years".

"Vegas is going to be here for a long time".

Wednesday's 37-save epic illustrates his uncanny ability to park disappointment.

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