Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Capitals rout Vegas to go up 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final

Capitals rout Vegas to go up 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final

You know me, I always stay loose a little bit especially off the games.

Coach Barry Trotz wants his players to relax and not think too much about the chance in front of them.

T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists, Evgeny Kuznetsov had four helpers to push his point total to 31 for the playoffs, and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots. He has only managed one assist and three shots in three games. Vegas has their backs against the wall for the first time in the postseason. They've now won three in a row since dropping the Cup opener in Vegas and are a win away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. When you play a wide game, it's not going to work against Washington.

In order to bounce back, Vegas must register more shots on goal. We lost the first game against Winnipeg [in the Western Conference Final], we had a lot of media thinking we'd get run over the entire series against them. Through three games he has one unsafe shot attempt at 5-on-5, which is the same number as Capitals checking-line centre Jay Beagle.

Wilson made it 2-0 with 3:34 left in the period when he intercepted a pass by Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland after an offensive zone draw and worked a slick give-and-go with Kuznetsov to beat Fleury for his fifth. "We're pretty privileged to have him around. He's one of the best at his craft". The Caps converted three times, including two on their first two power-play opportunities.

Barring such an epic comeback, the shiny silver trophy won't be headed to the Sin City, and throwing a "losers parade" would probably draw a few eye rolls from across the sports world (as if Vegas has ever cared about outside perceptions). "In the three games, we haven't been good enough", he said. He seems to sense that this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and he doesn't appear to want to waste it. And of course any team can have a bad night, but keep in mind that Vegas was also right around the 8.0 mark in the Game 2 loss.

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"It probably changes the game".

If fans can't make it to an official watch party, they are encouraged to stop by Henderson Pavilion to watch the game, according to a press release, or the club's other official partners including Born and Raised, Topgolf, Nacho Daddy and Scooter's Pub.

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Vegas got a power play early in the second, but were unable get past Holtby, and found iron twice more as the period wore on. But this time he hit the post.

Holtby took a big slash from Neal later in the second, and Washington made Vegas pay when Carlson blasted his fifth beyond Fleury's glove with 4:37 remaining to make it 4-0 on only the Capitals' 14th shot. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb, but he also had not allowed a goal in more than 62 minutes stretching back to Game 3.

"He just tells me to put my stick on the ice and he'll hit it", Wilson said of Kuznetsov.

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"You have to lose four games before you lose the Stanley Cup", Gallant said.

"It's huge", said teammate Devante Smith-Pelly, who scored an insurance goal. "I never played in Chicago against top lines". I expect Fleury to play really well as Vegas ties the series up in a low scoring contest.

Oh confidently nailed his Game 3 pick, and now he has found an x-factor for Game 4 that he thinks will decide the victor as he goes for an astonishing 16-3 run on his Washington picks.

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