The Vegas Golden Knights couldn't get either end of the ice on the same page in game four at Washington and the result was a 6-2 defeat on Monday. Washington is up 3-1 and can win its first Stanley Cup on Thursday night in Las Vegas. Ovechkin's goal was preceded by four attacks of Fleury's net, a deflection Fleury dove to save, an attempt off his left post, a wrist shot he knocked down with his chest and a rebound he blocked with his pads.
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. John Carlson scored in the second with Michael Kempny and Brett Connolly scoring in the third.
The Caps saw Oshie add an assist while Nicklas Backstrom logged a pair of assists followed by Evgeny Kuznetsov who added three helpers to make a victor of Braden Holtby and his 28 saves.
Word of the Clark County Commission's plans to throw a parade for the Golden Knights - win or lose - leaked before Monday's Game 4. The Capitals' power play was once again lethal, going 3-for-5 on the night, while Vegas went 0-for-4. The Golden Knights understand the problem, and the task now is to correct the shortcoming.
"They're really good at slowing you down", Lightning forward J.T. Miller said during the Eastern Conference final.
The fact that the team had to distance itself from the parade plans on the same night it suffered a blowout loss to drop to 3-1 in the series against Washington didn't help the optics of the situation.
Smith-Pelly stretched the lead to three with 20.5 seconds left on the clock, like Oshie kicking the puck from his skate to his stick before roofing his sixth off a hard feed from Alex Ovechkin, who had hit the post earlier in the period with the teams scoreless.
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Trailing in the series, the Golden Knights came out firing the puck from all areas and angles on the ice. "I knew that this could be my last one". Langley's Shea Theodore has recorded a power-play goal and an assist during the series for Vegas.
Wilson is known for hard checks and time spent in the penalty box, but on this occasion he beat Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a shot from the slot at 3:58.
After a seven-goal regular season, Smith-Pelly has six goals in the playoffs, including potential series daggers in Games 3 and 4 of the final. A lot of the man-on-man coverages you see get broken down, and there are big gaps, and we just wanted to make sure that we didn't have gaps. Perron has not scored a goal in 14 playoff games.
"I thought we gave them some different looks", Carlson said.
That goal rewarded Smith-Pelly's perseverance, how he kept the puck in Vegas's zone to retain possession, so that Ovechkin could whip it to Matt Niskanen at the right point.
The Golden Knights held an 11-10 edge in shots after the first period, but they faced a three-goal deficit. "When he's confident, he's making saves where even when they're real tough opportunities, he makes it look relatively easy and he nearly does it with, I hate to use the word cocky, but there's nearly a cockiness to the way he makes a save". Of course, they didn't need him much because they were on the attack for much of the game.
The highly skilled, shot blocking, physically sharp Washington Capitals, have all but put this fairy tale to rest.
The Capitals rattled off three straight goals before the period ended to take full control. He plays the game like everybody else.
Wilson then converted a give-and-go pass from Kuznetsov to make it 2-0.