Missed chances push Vegas to brink of elimination in Final

Caps vs Golden Knights pregame Feels like 1998
    	 	  	 
 	  	  		By Chris Cerullo

Caps vs Golden Knights pregame Feels like 1998 By Chris Cerullo

First, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie laid a reverse hit on Colin Miller that led to a scoring chance for Michael Kempny.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, the NHL's leading scorer in the playoffs with 31 points, added four assists. He has only managed one assist and three shots in three games. His goal broke up Braden Holtby's shutout bid. He finished with 28 saves. Vegas has won four straight games after consecutive losses, and they are 8-3 total in their inaugural season in this situation.

"I think there's more to blocking shots than just going out there and trying to get hit", Holtby said "We're doing a great job of creating the right layers, guys going out there strategically to know which lane I'm picking for sight lines, and they're taking away the other half and making big blocks". "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight".

The winger, who played in 71 games over two seasons with the Devils before they bought him out of the final year of his contract in June of 2017, now has six goals in 23 postseason games, including two in the Final. Neal fired across the crease and Holtby extended his paddle, much like he did in robbing Alex Tuch in the final minute of Game 2.

On the first, he took out Cody Eakin, which left plenty of space for John Carlson to rip home a power play goal from the left circle.

Trotz said he can sense when skilled teams like the Knights start to get frustrated, but added he also expects a response.

Holtby, though, who has been the better of the goaltenders in a series in which he was supposed to be second best to Marc-Andre Fleury, has been everything a championship goalie is supposed to be in the post-season. Now, the expansion darlings are in danger of falling short of their ultimate goal unless they can put together three consecutive victories. Lots of more action and penalties handed out but remand a steady well played game by both teams with a lot on Gerard Gallant's mind he knew he had to rally his troops and come out to compete in the 3rd.

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"We've gotta step up our game". Vegas now has no answers for this duo as both were able to create multiple chances throughout the entirety of game three.

"The town is insane right now", captain Alex Ovechkin said after the morning skate, foreshadowing the wild scene inside the building and the roars of thousands outside after the game. With a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, Washington now has a chance to win a first-ever championship on Thursday in Las Vegas.

As for Vegas, it trailed in a playoff series just one other time - after it lost Game 1 against Winnipeg in the Western Conference finals. We can look at each individual series-to-date for a glimpse at that, and I think there are two notable takeaways. Yet it would only take a win by Vegas, one that would tie this series and send it back to Nevada, to truly throw us into the mixer.

"Offensive teams have certain tendencies, certain routes that they take through the neutral zone, plays they like to make, so if you can be on top of them and turn over some pucks, stifle them, make it hard for them to gain entry with possession, that frustrates skilled players", defenseman Matt Niskanen said Sunday.

His team would endure a bruising start to the game, with Vegas administering relentless pressure and gaining a power play in the first 10 minutes. "We hit two posts, we had some good chances and we got nothing out of it". 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.

"I've never been there", Kuznetsov said.

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