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It's all but over for the Cinderella Golden Knights — SNAPSHOTS

08 June, 2018, 08:30 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Ryan Reaves #75 of Vegas Golden Knights and Brooks Orpik #44 of Washington Capitals mix it up during third period in Game 3 of 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.

So we know that Washington has been quite effective - particularly in the last two games - at limiting those "Grade A" chances by Vegas.

"Offensive teams have certain tendencies, certain routes that they take through the neutral zone, plays they like to make, so if you can be on top of them and turn over some pucks, stifle them, make it hard for them to gain entry with possession, that frustrates skilled players", defenseman Matt Niskanen said Sunday. "And I don't really care about that yet, so it's kind of easy for me". "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".

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period. The desperate Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by a wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked a shot off the post instead of hitting a wide-open net early, and the expansion team's Cinderella run could be over in a matter of days. Lamenting what could have been, Neal said, "It's probably a different game after that".

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"It probably changes the game". It's like, I had the composure to wait, and then you shoot it, and you're like, 'oh, ' and the way it hit the post and still came out, I mean it's. He has two goals and three points, including scores in back-to-back contests to help give Washington its current lead. "We want the Cup!" rang out from the crowd.

The 1942 Detroit Red Wings were the only team to lose the Stanley Cup Final after holding a 3-1 lead.

"Man, you want those chances", Neal said after the game. Nicklas Backstrom added three assists of his own, while Oshie chipped in with two. 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.

2nd period brought on more action but saw only one goal scored and that was for the team who had everything going right for them through the whole game the Capitals John Carlson scores his 5th of the playoffs at 15:23 on the power play.

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Additionally, the website lists Fleury as the -135 favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, Ovechkin as the second choice a +200.

Fleury called the loss "frustrating and demoralizing".

Holtby has limited Vegas to a total of five goals in the last three games. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb. We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the over, and he has a strong money-line pick that you can get only over at SportsLine.

Somehow, the Capitals have turned around their results at home, winning their past three in Washington after losing five of their first eight. "The problem is we should be in the minors, '" former Washington forward Ron Lalonde said. "Until that buzzer goes, try not to think about it too much". Oshie banged in a power-play rebound, and Wilson converted Kuznetsov's pass - the first of his four assists, the most in a Stanley Cup finals game since Joe Sakic for Colorado in 1996 - through a thicket in the slot. Now he and the Golden Knights have lost back-to-back games for the first time this postseason, which is not Fleury's fault thanks to a spotty defense and an offense that's struggle to gain a foothold in the Capitals' zone.

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But two late bogeys mean the former world No 1 will not hold the lead going into the final day at Muirfield Village. DeChambeau failed to take advantage, however, three-putting from 55 feet to fall into the three-way playoff.

The Washington Capitals keep winning, and now they are on the brink of securing their first Stanley Cup championship.

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