Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Stanley Cup: Capitals take series lead over Golden Knights after Game 3 victory


Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, Braden Holtby made enough saves to compensate for his giveaway plus the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead inside the Stanley Cup final.

Ovechkin scored his 14th purpose of the playoffs and joyfully watched Kuznetsov wrist a shot past Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury not long afterwards. Kuznetsov would be a game-time decision after leaving Game 2 clutching his left arm, but he looked fine and even for good measure unleashed his signature bird-flapping celebration as Ovechkin screamed and raised his arms about the bench.

Holtby stopped 21 from the 22 shots he faced, plenty to face up to a puck-handling miscue that concluded in Tomas Nosek’s third-period goal to cut Washington’s bring on 2-1. Devante Smith-Pelly scored for any Capitals with 6:07 left to place them two wins outside the franchise’s first title.

Fleury stopped 23 of 26 shots, but Vegas lost back-to-back games the first time inside the playoffs and looked nothing beats the c’s that won 13 of 16 games through three rounds. The Golden Knights’ magical, historic run is actually in danger of ending with Game 4 back in Washington on Monday.

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