Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Stanley Cup notebook: Caps not giving in to temptations of Vegas

Tom Wilson laid out Vegas Jonathan Marchessault with a huge late hit Tom Wilson laid out Vegas Jonathan Marchessault with a huge late hit
Domingo Copeland | 02 June, 2018, 04:13

"Thank God he's our goalie", Ovechkin said.

Washington overcame another big blow when it lost leading scorer Evgeny Kuznetsov to an upper-body injury in the first period after a big hit from Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb, but the Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series.

Washington also showed its mettle on the penalty kill, limiting the Golden Knights to a single goal in four attempts - including a 5-on-3 on the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 26 shots to absorb the loss and miss out on an opportunity to help the Golden Knights to a 2-0 series lead.

This is the Golden Knights' inaugural season and were 500-1 odds to win at the start of the season. "We're a special group". "There's been a lot more desperation in a few of those road games". But we're seeing it here, with two teams that had no prior playoff history heading into this series. Washington was swept by Detroit in its only other Final appearance, in 1998. Capital One Arena in downtown Washington was packed with red-clad fans watching Game 2 on the videoboards.

He's unlikely to return to Game 2.

The team that General Manager George McPhee assembled in the first expansion draft of the salary-cap era capitalized on underappreciated assets, onerous contracts and what he called "unknown surprises" - players who would develop into mainstays. Kuznetsov appeared to suffer some sort of injury to his left arm or shoulder and he was clearly in a good amount of pain instantly.

Wilson took exception to the shove and came flying into the play.

Trotz gave no postgame update on Kuznetsov's condition.

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"We don't have the last change, so you can match up what you want", said Gallant.

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference". Anything they can put a jersey on, they've got a jersey on; statues, buildings, it's insane.

"You're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across", Beagle said. "There's some areas that we've still go to adjust, but it was a step forward". Tuch, who was in ideal position in front of the open net, one-timed the puck.

In the Washington locker room, Ovechkin struggled to find words. Many Stanley Cup futures tickets were written on the Golden Knights many months ago at very long odds, because no one in their right mind would have a 1st year team winning the Stanley Cup, let alone qualifying for the playoffs or even advancing that far if they made the playoffs.

Over his National Hockey League career, Holtby has a 2.04 GAA and.929 save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has a tough act to follow.

The Knights have scored first in all nine of their playoff home games, with each occurring in first period and six coming inside eight minutes.

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