Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Stanley Cup Finals: Caps tie series with 3-2 win

Stanley Cup Finals: Caps tie series with 3-2 win

Trotz created a new verb to offer the explanation when he pointed out the Capitals have largely stayed holed up at their hotel.

Discussing Vegas's success on ESPN's "Outside the Lines", Keith Olbermann made a keen observation on Tuesday when he noted that numerous Golden Knights are second- and third-liners, which helps Vegas match up well against opponents' second lines and gives it a theoretical advantage against their third and fourth lines.

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. It's the first Cup Final game hosted by the Capitals in 7,291 days (since June 16, 1998).

The Capitals have a 3-2 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights after two periods of Game 2.

"We were that close", Vegas forward James Neal said. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov left Game 2 in the first period, after a questionable hit from Golden Knights' defenseman Brayden McNabb. Former Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig said it was the greatest save he'd ever seen. And then they bring out Michael Buffer last night, so that's an added thing. "I don't think there are many people in the hockey world that thought when we lost Backstrom in the Pittsburgh series that you were going to see the Washington Capitals get out of that round", said Trotz. "There's no reason we can't play our best game tomorrow night". But the heat didn't fry the spirits of the fans who filled the plaza next to the arena to capacity before the puck dropped, continuing this gambling mecca's fanatical support of its first major pro sports team.

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference".

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"We don't have the last change, so you can match up what you want", said Gallant. They've gotten so resilient. "This group has had everything thrown at them and they just say, 'You know what? There's some areas that we've still go to adjust, but it was a step forward". It's board battles and working all game for a chance, which usually is the result of a deflected puck or a mad scramble in front of the net.

The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury.

Instead, the Baldwinsville native found himself on the wrong side of one of the most memorable moments of this year's National Hockey League playoffs.

The Golden Knights trailed 3-2 entering the final 20 minutes but couldn't net the equalizer despite a 15 shot barrage. In his mind these sorts of gods did not answer Monday, perhaps too preoccupied watching that breathless track meet like everyone else (including the referees who missed Ryan Reaves's obvious cross-check on the game-winning goal).

The Knights have scored first in all nine of their playoff home games, with each occurring in first period and six coming inside eight minutes.

At Vegas Sportsbooks around the city, they are stuck between wanting the team to win and not wanting them to win because a Stanley Cup in Vegas means a massive loss for them. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

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