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Tonight the Stanley Cup Final series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington resumed for game 4 in D.C.
The Capitals entered tonight’s affair at Capital One Arena holding a 2-1 series lead on the Golden Knights and have found a way to get into Marc-André Fleury head’s since the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final.
With Vegas trailing Washington, they were in a must win situation as Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault put it.
This meant that the Golden Knights needed to play some desperate hockey to get back into the series.
Early on the opening period of the game, the Golden Knights struck some luck with getting the first opportunity on the man advantage when Capitals defenseman John Carlson tripped up Erik Haula.
On their first power play chance of the contest the Golden Knights were given a gift by the Capitals as Braden Holtby left his net wide open and when Haula fed James Neal with the cross crease pass his missed his mark by hitting the far post.
Take about getting a case of bad luck on the best scoring chance in the first period for Vegas.
For rest the of period, the Capitals would have lady luck on their side as they would convert three times. One on the power play from T.J. Oshie with 11:06 remaining of the frame.
Then the next goal came by Tom Wilson at the 16:26 mark of the period and his was followed up by Devante Smith-Pelly near the end of the frame with 21 seconds to go.
For Fleury this was not his best showing in the opening period of game four of the Stanley Cup Final as he gave up three goals on 10 total shots.
Washington would add another goal in the middle frame from Carlson that gave the Capitals a comfortable 4-0 lead on the Golden Knights.
Everything was going the Capitals way tonight but in the third period of the game, the Golden Knights would make it interesting with a two goal push back from Neal and Reilly Smith that ended Holtby’s shutout bid.
Neal scored his at just 5:23 into the period and later Smith cut the Washington lead in half with 7:43 to go in the contest that made it 4-2 game.
The Golden Knights made it interesting but the Capitals would add two more goals in the game from Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly that put game four clearly out of reach for Vegas.
Kempny connected on his goal at 13:39 mark of the what was looking like the final period of the game and with less two go Connolly goal came that ended the scoring spree by the Capitals.
At the end of the game after a bad night for the Golden Knights they ended up on the wrong end of this one with a 6-2 loss to the Capitals as they take a commanding 3-1 series lead with them back to Vegas.
Holtby for the Capitals had himself another great game in net for Washington with his 28 saves on 30 Vegas shots. He would also record a strong save percentage of .933.
On the other end of the ice, Fleury did not have his best game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals as he recorded a low save percentage of .739 with only 17 saves on 23 total shots by the Capitals.
3 Stars Of The Game
Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov (4 assists)
Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby (28 saves)
Washington Capitals: T.J. Oshie (1 goal and 2 assists)
Honorable Mention: Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom (3 assists)
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