Capitals rout Vegas to go up 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final

Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch shoots during practice at Capital One Arena in Washington on Friday

It should have been a goal.

Barring a comeback of historic proportions - an unlikely occurrence after being outscored 12-5 over the past three games - the Golden Knights will always remember this series for "The Stick" and "The Post".

That difficulty wears on a team, and Trotz said it's noticeable when an opponent tries to change its game and manage the puck differently to counterbalance the trap. Holtby was probably the game's least appreciated storyline.

"We've been good at regrouping", Neal said. "It's tough. It's a great play". 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. "I think as you get older too if you don't change certain things like the way you train or the way you play, you're going to get pushed out, so you have to be able to adapt".

Gerard Gallant didn't consider pulling Marc-Andre Fleury as another game and perhaps the Vegas Golden Knights' Stanley Cup hopes slipped away.

More and more, that is looking like a strong possibility. The last one was San Jose's Logan Couture, who had 30 two years ago, as the Sharks went to Game 6 of the final before losing to Pittsburgh.

It looks like I ran the copy machine here, right? "We want the Cup!" rang out from the crowd. "We're not the most skilled line but we're a hard-working line". Putin regularly plays on his "Legends of Hockey" team in exhibition games, alongside former NHL stars such as Bure and Fetisov. They are blocking more shots, getting more timely saves, and - most importantly - converting on more scoring opportunities. "If Ovi does it, this will be an wonderful story and will draw enormous attention to the game", he said.

"Our guys who have a lot of speed can go back deeper, gather some speed", winger David Perron said. Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson of the Golden Knights follow at +2200 and +2800, respectively. They can't do wrong.

"I was thinking seafood, because in Detroit and Nashville they throw the octopi and catfish", Merritt told The Post.

Who knows if things would have been different on Monday night if Neal put the puck in the net?

That's one of a myriad of reasons why the Capitals find themselves in total control of this series.

Barring such an epic comeback, the shiny silver trophy won't be headed to the Sin City, and throwing a "losers parade" would probably draw a few eye rolls from across the sports world (as if Vegas has ever cared about outside perceptions).

A Haula deflection in the opening minutes hit post. Instead, it busted it wide open. Up against the cap at the trade deadline, they acquired lightly used defenseman Michal Kempny from Chicago. It could have been 3-0 for Vegas.

The Capitals rattled off three straight goals before the period ended to take full control. If they're in, exactly ... "We'll see what we're made of".

The Washington Capitals moved one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship with a 6-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.

Vegas got a power play early in the second, but were unable get past Holtby, and found iron twice more as the period wore on. "Our power play was good", Trotz said.

It was more of the same in the second period.

That was all they needed.

Midnight has come early for the Vegas Golden Knights. He's going to need to outduel Braden Holtby and there's no way around that.

Eventually, frustration started to set in, with Vegas taking a string of penalties to end the game. The Knights then won the next four games. The reason why shot distance is so important here is because it's one of the key components (combined with angles, the shooting talent of the individual, et al.) that makes up what we recognize as shot quality.

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