MTA adds postgame trains for Capitals' Stanley Cup Final games in Washington

With the game on the line, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby makes an incredible stick save on Vegas forward Alex Tuch.

How could you be?

It's ugly. Often, it's boring. The series continues Saturday night in Washington.

Coming two nights after Washington's Tom Wilson had caught Vegas' playoff scoring leader Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit, you knew that the Golden Knights would be seeking retribution. "We're just going to push on, '" Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

With 85 hits between the squads in Washington's 3-2 win in Game 2 following a combined 63 in Vegas's Game 1 win, the Golden Knights are stressing the importance of sticking to their identity in Game 3.

The Capitals goalie might have looked shaky when he allowed five goals in Game 1.

Kuznetsov was injured late in the first period after a hip check from Brayden McNabb.

Still, some fans believe the restriction was because the VGK tickets sell out fast and restricting it is the only way to make sure the Caps are well represented. It was the same resiliency that helped them past a 2-0 series deficit against Columbus in the first round, let them banish their black-and-yellow demons over Pittsburgh, and carried them to Games 6 and 7 shutouts of Tampa Bay for their first Eastern Conference title in two decades.

The versatile Capitals centre showed that in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, and could get even more opportunities in big moments with the status of one Washington's Conn Smythe Trophy favourites very much up in the air. Brooks Orpik, who hadn't scored a goal in since February 20, 2016 (220 games including the regular season and playoffs), scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. It's part of playoff hockey, and you fight through that stuff. "I think he embraces the challenge". And more importantly, he likely realizes that he did pretty much everything wrong on that play aside from diving across his crease and getting his paddle and blocker on the puck. But we're seeing it here, with two teams that had no prior playoff history heading into this series. Kovalchuk could potentially serve as the most entertaining linemate we've ever seen for Tavares, with all apologies to Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, and Anders Lee.

"The hit on Kuzy. we thought it was high", said Trotz. "It's never been an issue with our team all season long".

The phrase suited the mayhem of the first three rounds, when the Golden Knights stampeded through the Western Conference bracket, clobbering two inferior teams in San Jose and Los Angeles and a third, Winnipeg, which was exhausted from a bruising seven-game series against Nashville. (Wednesday) night they didn't have the offensive outburst they usually have. "We just. play on instincts. I think everybody's kind of jumped on this bandwagon and are really wishing for them to see it through". I've been to every Stanley Cup since '93, and this is as good as any of them. "I guess we cave it up, if you want to describe it like he did".

  • Julie Sanders