T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists, Evgeny Kuznetsov had four helpers to push his point total to 31 for the playoffs, and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Ovechkin is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the best playoff performer, if Washington captures its first Stanley Cup. "I don't really care about that yet, so it's kind of easy for me".
"I think it's a great stat when you talk about winning, because it shows you that players are ready to play, ready to compete, ready to battle and do whatever it takes to win", Gallant said. "I thought they had a pretty good level of urgency in their game...but when it mattered, we were able to get it done".
Holtby took a big slash from Neal later in the second, and Washington made Vegas pay when Carlson blasted his fifth beyond Fleury's glove with 4:37 remaining to make it 4-0 on only the Capitals' 14th shot.
Notes: Gallant said he's considering lineup changes for Game 4, with forwards Tomas Tatar and/or Oscar Lindberg seemingly the most likely candidates to draw in.
"It probably changes the game". I just hit the post.
John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly also scored as thunderous chants of "We want the Cup!"
"Not where we want to be, that's for sure", Fleury said of the 3-1 deficit. "We've got a lot of time to put ourselves back in the series". "But we've got a good group of leaders in the room ... and we'll be focused at the start". Nicklas Backstrom added three assists. This time, the Knights trail the Caps 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Then, a tripping penalty in the center of the ice on Colin Miller led to a power play goal and the ceiling caved in from there. Washington dominated the opening frame with TJ Oshie (PP), Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scoring for a 3-0 lead heading to the second. Ovechkin's goal came after a relentless attack on Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and Kuznetsov gave Washington a 2-0 lead with a whistling shot to the far post.
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Things are much reversed on the spread, where the Knights are +205 laying 1.5 goals while the Caps are +220 getting the goals. The Golden Knights wrap up a storybook year, advancing all the way to the final in their first year of existence.
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"I've never been there", Kuznetsov said.
With a league-leading 31 points, Kuznetsov is making a case to be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as playoff MVP. In Game 4, he had that locked-in, can't be beat look about him in goal for Washington, and even with a little luck and some goal posts hit, Holtby was strong, sharp, on his angles and nearly impossible to beat.
Brayden McNabb's floater from the point hit the post and Ryan Carpenter chimed one off the crossbar on the follow up before Vegas failed to connect on another man advantage despite some sustained pressure. "For us, Sasha will always be number 32, his Dynamo number, and not number 8, his Capitals number", Chalov said, using Ovechkin's Russian nickname.
Said Holtby: "To be honest, I thought it was in from my angle". Putin regularly plays on his "Legends of Hockey" team in exhibition games, alongside former NHL stars such as Bure and Fetisov. "Then we try to be too cute, and they thrive on the turnovers".
Smith-Pelly scored his second goal in as many games on Monday, and his tally proved to be the game-winning goal in the Capitals' 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The victory gave the Capitals a 3-1 series lead and put them within one win of their first Stanley Cup.
The Golden Knights, after losing just three games combined in the first three rounds of the playoffs, have suddenly lost three in a row.
In the two games in Washington, the Capitals outscored Vegas 9-3.
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