Thursday, November 14, 2019
NHL

Stanley Cup: Capitals one game from title after feasting on Golden Knights

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The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup in franchise history after having a 6-2 blowout from the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 on Monday night gave them a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Alex Ovechkin along with the Capitals is certain to get their first opportunity to hoist the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night in Vegas. No team since Detroit Red Wings in 1942 has blown a 3-1 lead from the Cup Final.

Evgeny Kuznetsov dished out four assists, TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly scored and Braden Holtby stopped 28 on the 30 shots he faced.

The desperate Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by the wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked an attempt heli-copter flight post rather than hitting a wide-open net at the start of the primary period.

“Man, you choose those chances,” Neal said following game. “Nine times outside of 10, probably you put that in the rear of the web. It’s like, I had put together the composure to attend, and you then shoot it, and you are clearly like, ‘oh,’ and in what way it hit the post nonetheless came out, I’m talking about it’s … I not really know, it’s hard. It may not be like anyone created save. I shot them back the post over the far side.”

The expansion team’s Cinderella run is in danger of creating any quick end. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed six goals on 23 shots, and through the time Neal and Reilly Smith scored in the third period, it turned out already happening.

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