Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Caps' suffocating pressure frustrating Golden Knights as Washington leads series 2-1

Caps' suffocating pressure frustrating Golden Knights as Washington leads series 2-1

"You've got to win a game at home", Neal said. It started off with him missing a wide-open net and hitting iron in a baffling sequence that proved to be costly for Vegas.

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It's as if the Washington Capitals have learned the secret of the Vegas Golden Knights' magic, decoded their DNA and discovered a way to eliminate their superpowers. "But we've got a good group of leaders in the room ... and we'll be focused at the start".

After Vegas narrowly missed claiming an early lead on that Neal opportunity, it was the Capitals who responded in tremendous fashion, exploding for three goals in a 10-minute span to close out the opening frame. If it wasn't for a huge mistake by Holtby in Game 3, they would have been shutout. "They said they didn't see it". You try to do what you've always done, not just with the way the game has changed.

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Washington's outlasting of Pittsburgh in the second round this year already changed that dynamic, but a Caps championship parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - actually, who knows where a D.C. title parade goes? - would finally give the red-rockers something to crow about.

Golden Knights fans with visions of a championship parade down Las Vegas' famous Strip, in between the giant castle, roller coasters and a faux Eiffel Tower, may still get their wish regardless if the Stanley Cup is a part of it - but any talk about formalized plans should be considered "premature", according to the team. He brushed off a puck to the face at the morning skate Monday and scored a back-breaking goal that night.

The Knights got a power play early in the second, but were unable to find a way past Holtby, and found iron twice more as the period wore on.

The Caps' penalty kill also went 4-for-4 on the night, although Vegas' lone strike came just seconds after a third period power play expired.

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The Capitals continued their domination of the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Monday with a 6-2 game-four victory in Washington DC. "They're great in their building".

"If you want to win, you gotta do the not-so-sexy things and that's one of the things". Still, they were completely blanked, largely because Holtby was extremely solid between the pipes. "We have to commit to giving them a lot of different looks". Marc-Andre Fleury still hasn't been the monster he was through the first three rounds. Fleury also possesses a save percentage of 87.5% in this series which is absolutely abysmal. He had a.947 postseason mark heading into the series. Oshie added a pair of assists while Nicklas Backstrom had three. His willingness to throw the body in the offensive zone played a key role in both of the goals in which he had assists on.

At the end of the same power play, look what happens when Matt Niskanen replaces Ovechkin. And the Knights have scored 11 goals in 59 chances for a 19 percent success clip. Oshie fought for every inch of the ice, opened the scoring and broke Colin Miller's nose on Washington's fifth goal. Holtby saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced, and even after an ill-timed giveaway that handed the Golden Knights their only goal, it was impossible to tell by his poker face if his team was winning or losing.

Oshie was uninjured and McNabb was given a two-minute minor on the play. Luckily, Oshie appeared to be OK. Amid that, Connolly scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:09 left. "He's young, he's going to have mistakes, and today's a good day", Golden Knights veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland said Sunday.

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