The Knights tried to write one more chapter in their improbable expansion season, but were unable to find a way as the Capitals spilled on the ice to celebrate the first Cup in their 44-year history. Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, had another so-so performance in allowing four goals on 33 shots.
The Capitals tied the game back up when Devante Smith-Pelly scored at 10:08 in the third period, bringing the game to 3-3. Ovechkin has 26 points in 26 potential series-clinching games in his career. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots against him, including three of four attempts during power plays. Again, Vegas needs a winning performance from Fleury to have a chance tonight, and I'm expecting a score of 3-1 or 3-2 score in favor of Vegas. He should be available for Game 5 on Thursday night.
According to oddsmakers, the Golden Knights are a -145 favorite on the moneyline.
The Capitals had previously blown 3-1 leads in a playoff series five times - the most of any club - and had never picked up a victory in the final before Game 2 against Vegas.
They're well coached, they got a lot of pride they're going to come with their best game. Alex Ovechkin one-timed a ideal cross-ice pass into the net before Marc-Andre Fleury could dive across his crease. John Carlson added a goal in the second period to continue the rout.
They simply can not fall behind in this game, or they will be outmuscled by Washington. The rest of the period ticked away from there, and Holtby made saves with both skate and stick in the final minute. Perron, who was battling with Christian Djoos in the crease, was taken down and touched the puck prior to it crossing the goalline. The Caps challenged for goalie interference, but were denied.
Vegas' Brayden McNabb took a penalty just 11 seconds later, and Ovechkin set up in his customary spot in the left faceoff circle to put Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass into a sliver of open net.
The Golden Knights and Capitals are still scoreless after a hard-fought 20 minutes of hockey at T-Mobile Arena. Carrier hadn't played since the second round against San Jose, while Perron was a healthy scratch for only one game.
It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974. Alex Ovechkin ripped a one-timed slap shot over Fleury's shoulder but it rang off the crossbar. They need a big first period.