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Capitals' suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights

08 June 2018
Capitals' suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights

2nd period brought on more action but saw only one goal scored and that was for the team who had everything going right for them through the whole game the Capitals John Carlson scores his 5th of the playoffs at 15:23 on the power play.

How significant is that?

It has been 76 years since any National Hockey League teams rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup.

Nationwide, its 3.94 overnight household rating dwarfed Game 1's mark of 3.72, which was the best viewership for the start of the Stanley Cup finals since 2015.

"Not where we want to be, that's for sure", Fleury said of the 3-1 deficit. Their year-to-date average has been around 36 feet, with 88 per cent of their games played this year seeing more advantageous shot distances. "It's fine with us", said Vegas forward David Perron, whose team will look to even the series 2-2 in Monday's Game 4. "It's a pretty special moment for the town, for organization, for us".

That's not to say Vegas didn't have chances. "You use it for emtion you use it to drive you forward and that's it". "Until that buzzer goes, try not to think about it too much". "That's what you're playing for". Holtby saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced, and even after an ill-timed giveaway that handed the Golden Knights their only goal, it was impossible to tell by his poker face if his team was winning or losing.

The game's final minutes were chippy with several post-whistle scrums. Stepping on a puck during pregame warmups led to a spill and stitches across the bridge of his nose, but the 27-year-old missed no time. But lady luck was on his side anyway as the puck clanked off the right goalpost and bounded away, keeping the game scoreless. "It's probably a different game after that", Neal said. A great play by (Erik Haula). I just hit the post.

"I think we've got to have some poise, settle down a little bit and get back to what's made us successful".

Just over five minutes later, Oshie opened the scoring on a power play by taking a Kuznetsov rebound, kicking the puck up to his stick and depositing it into an empty net behind Marc-Andre Fleury.

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. Something that was mostly absent from Vegas attackers in Game 3. Not the finish the Golden Knights were hoping for, and now they're officially fighting for their playoff lives.

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period to get the Capitals rolling against a determined Vegas team that has not found consistent answers against Holtby, who stopped 28 shots in another strong showing.

Washington has blown 3-1 playoffs series leads five times in its last 12 attempts, but there were few signs of such trouble in Game 4.

Neal scored 5:43 into the third period.

The Caps' penalty kill also went 4-for-4 on the night, although Vegas' lone strike came just seconds after a third period power play expired.

The event will feature prizes, Chance, the Golden Aces, Knights Line presented by Drumbots and the Golden Knights. They haven't been able to finish in this round.

That meant there was an expectation the Knights, who stunned nearly everyone in hockey by winning the Pacific Division before breezing through the first three rounds of the playoffs, would be competitive from the start.

The Caps saw Oshie add an assist while Nicklas Backstrom logged a pair of assists followed by Evgeny Kuznetsov who added three helpers to make a victor of Braden Holtby and his 28 saves.