J. Oshie lays out Golden Knights player, gets boarded soon after

Jun 08, 2018, 07:48
J. Oshie lays out Golden Knights player, gets boarded soon after

A victory in Game 4 on Monday night at Capital One Arena in Washington would all but assure Alex Ovechkin's long-awaited chance to shake Gary Bettman's hand at center ice, but even a Vegas Golden Knights win Monday sets the stage for a championship-round best-of-three.

If there is one takeaway from Washington's Game 3 victory over Vegas on Saturday night, it's that the Capitals have figured out a way to contain the Vegas attack.

Only the 1942 Detroit Red Wings have blown a 3-1 series lead after winning the first three games against Toronto.

If luck has escaped the Golden Knights, the opposite has happened to the Capitals.

"Go home, win one game and the pressure is on them", Neal said, hopefully.

"We've just got to get back to our game, getting pucks deep and getting in on the forecheck", Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland said.

To guard against Ovechkin and the Capitals' other weapons, the Golden Knights seem to using a more passive box.

According to Ticket IQ, the cheapest Game 4 tickets are up nearly $400 from last week. "That was a little bit of a shot to the ego". We didn't have enough shots.

Tomas Nosek has been great for Vegas, but they need to get their other guys going.

Word of the Clark County Commission's plans to throw a parade for the Golden Knights - win or lose - leaked before Monday's Game 4.

These kinds of talks are best kept behind closed doors until the playoffs are over and there are no more series to jinx. "I think everybody saw it". "We're not the most skilled line but we're a hard-working line". Defensemen like Orpik routinely start in the defensive zone and are placed in positions to be on the ice for more shots against than shots for, so the numbers aren't pretty.

Abe Pollin paid a relative pittance of US$6 million to bring the NHL to the USA capital - roughly $30 million in today's dollars - chump change compared to the $500 million Bill Foley ponied up for his Sin City hockey team. "We had players from every organization. The problem is we should be in the minors, '" former Washington forward Ron Lalonde said. "We've got to be good defensively". For us, it's unacceptable. "It shows in his game, and it shows in the effect that it has on the rest of us". The real issue is that Vegas' second line has been punchless. He has dressed in just six of 19 playoff games, scoring one goal. "Whoever is going to go, we gotta be ready to put our best foot forward".

Prior to the Washington onslaught, Vegas easily could have scored three times, but instead rolled snake eyes at the worst moment imaginable.

Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly both scored in the final four minutes of the period after T.J. Oshie put the Capitals on top with a power-play goal 9:56 into the game.

Two of the biggest pieces of that are 22-year-olds Shea Theodore and Tuch. This planning will be led by the Golden Knights.

The puck has dropped, and Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final is under way in the nation's capital with Vegas trying to even the series against Washington at 2-2. But Capitals goalie Brayden Holtby made the save of his lifetime with the paddle of his stick and Washington won 3-2.

Smith-Pelly stretched the lead to three with 20.5 seconds left on the clock, like Oshie kicking the puck from his skate to his stick before roofing his sixth off a hard feed from Alex Ovechkin, who had hit the post earlier in the period with the teams scoreless. Vegas has defied the odds in their first season in existence but now the team faces a 3-1 series deficit.

"Not where we want to be, that's for sure", Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said.

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