The Washington Capitals are one win away from the Stanley Cup.
The Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a final score of 6-2 on Monday night, securing a 3-1 series advantage on their way to the silver prize.
Washington withstood an early onslaught from their opponents in Game Four, with the Golden Knights off to a roaring start. But as soon as James Neal missed what should’ve been an easy opportunity to score, the tide turned and the Capitals took over the contest.
When T.J. Oshie opened the scoring for the home team, the shots were 14-3 in favour of Vegas.
Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists, while Nicklas Backstrom and Oshie had three points each. Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the victory. Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Carlson, Michal Kempny, and Brett Connolly also scored for the home squad.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for the Golden Knights. Neal and Reilly Smith scored for the visitors.
The Capitals were four for four on the penalty kill and three for five on the power play, plus they had 24 blocked shots.
“One win away; it’s the hardest one,” Washington captain Alex Ovechkin told NHL Network. “We knew this game was very important for us. Obviously, we have a little bit of luck on our side, they hit the post. But we just grinded it out, we use our chances, stick to the system, stick to the plan, and we get the result.”
The Golden Knights are up against it right now. The only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Cup was the 1942 edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who won four straight to push past the Detroit Red Wings.
And Vegas has now lost three straight, marking the first time that’s happened since late November and early December.
Game Five takes place Thursday in Las Vegas and have to bet the home crowd will be doing all they can to push their team to at least one more victory.
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