Washington Capitals beat Vegas Golden Knights to level Stanley Cup final
Lars Eller experienced a goal and hang up two others to guide the Washington Capitals with a 3-2 attract the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday within the T-Mobile Arena and level the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final on a game apiece.
The series between two teams bidding for a first Stanley Cup now shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday.
After a glitzy pre-game show warrant per night from the Strip, filled with Golden Knights battling invading hordes of Capitals, the actual battle got underway with Vegas drawing first blood as James Neal rifled a wrist shot within the left face-off circle past Braden Holtby.
But the Capitals hit back with three straight goals from Eller, Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik – ending his 220-game scoring drought – before the Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore closed out the scoring. The Capitals secured their first win inside final in franchise history – they were swept by Detroit within the 1998 final.
“We refocus and pick one another up that is certainly an indication of an effective team,” Holtby said. “That’s our strengths.”
The loss just the second on home ice during postseason for the expansion Knights.