Golden Edge: Golden Knights need changes to win Game 4

Golden Edge: Golden Knights need changes to win Game 4

Golden Edge: Golden Knights need changes to win Game 4

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby said defensemen like Orpik are usually his favorite players because of what they do in front of the net.

The Washington Capitals moved to within one win of a first Stanley Cup in their 43-year history by beating the Las Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in game four.

Under is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 Thursday games and Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and under is 5-1-2 in Capitals last 8 overall.

"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". "And I don't really care about that yet, so it's kind of easy for me". If you, or anyone you know would be interested in placing an ad here at HockeyBuzz, then send me a PM!++++. "I thought they had a pretty good level of urgency in their game...but when it mattered, we were able to get it done".

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.

Vegas nearly opened the scoring but sent one shot off the side of the net, while another hit the post with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby out of position on both efforts. Lamenting what could have been, Neal said, "It's probably a different game after that".

Michal Kempny quickly hit back for Washington before Brett Connolly's powerplay goal with less than two minutes remaining. "We want the Cup!" rang out from the crowd.

If the Capitals can win Game 4 at home Monday, they will take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

"Not the way you wanted to start your morning", he said. They had some opportunities and they hit a post or two...but we converted on ours.

They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the "Young Guns".

Fleury has struggled so far this series as he has given up at least three goals in each of the team's three Stanley Cup games this season.

After Vegas narrowly missed claiming an early lead on that Neal opportunity, it was the Capitals who responded in tremendous fashion, exploding for three goals in a 10-minute span to close out the opening frame. Fleury came into the final as the Conn Smythe front-runner for playoff MVP honors but looked human again by allowing six goals on 23 shots at a defense that has often left him vulnerable.

Fleury called the loss "frustrating and demoralizing".

Kuznetsov leads all playoff scorers with 31 points.

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.

"We strived to get better". "To be honest, I thought (the Neal chance) was in (from) my angle, and somehow it didn't go in". Then, they disappeared. Their chances in the series likely went with them.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and the red-hot Washington Capitals just steamrolled their way to positioning themselves to within a win of their first Stanley Cup.

The Golden Knights lost three games in a row only three times during the regular season.

In August 1997, a trio of Russian hockey stars - Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Vyacheslav Kozlov - brought the Stanley Cup to Red Square, where they hoisted it above their heads to celebrate the NHL title won by their team, the Detroit Red Wings.

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