Smith-Pelly, Kempny are perfect pieces of Caps' Cup puzzle

Smith-Pelly, Kempny are perfect pieces of Caps' Cup puzzle

Ping! The puck skipped behind Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and slithered harmlessly toward the back boards. "When he's confident, he's making saves where even when they're real tough opportunities, he makes it look relatively easy and he nearly does it with, I hate to use the word cocky, but there's nearly a cockiness to the way he makes a save".

Coach Barry Trotz wants his players to relax and not think too much about the chance in front of them.

With a league-leading 31 points, Kuznetsov is making a case to be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as playoff MVP.

Smith added another with 7:35 left in the game, but Michal Kempny answered with a goal little more than minute later to restore a three-goal lead. The expansion Knights won Game 1, but have now lost three straight for the first time since late November and early December.

Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson (left) falls to the ice after a hit by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (right) during the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, June 4, 2018, in Washington. It was the second game in a row where Vegas had trouble getting into the heart of Washington's defence.

Vegas now sits on the brink of elimination despite directing 71 shots towards goal compared to Washington's 41.

"Not the way you wanted to start your morning", he said.

"We don't dwell on the game before, let alone things that happened in years past", Oshie said. Ovechkin's goal came after a relentless attack on Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and Kuznetsov gave Washington a 2-0 lead with a whistling shot to the far post. "I don't want to lie", he said. "We're pretty privileged to have him around. He's one of the best at his craft".

First, Theodore has to bounce back from his poor performances on Monday. This has been the most unpredictable playoffs if not season in National Hockey League history and i can easily say from a kid who has grown up around the game that this will go down as one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons in the history of the National Hockey League. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will get their first chance to hoist the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night back in Las Vegas. "Honestly, I thought it was in".

Said Neal: "It's not like anyone made a save".

"It probably changes the game".

Again in the second period, the Golden Knights were credited with more shots. "I heard (about puck luck) last series, people were saying that", said Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant. Ovechkin leads the Caps with five power-play goals, while Alex Tuch and Colin Miller top the Knights with three each.

Brayden McNabb's floater from the point hit the post and Ryan Carpenter chimed one off the crossbar on the follow up before Vegas failed to connect on another man advantage despite some sustained pressure. The Golden Knights would pay as the T.J Oshie scores his 8th of the playoffs at 9:54 making it a 1-0 Washington lead.

The Golden Knights only trail 2-1 in this Stanley Cup Final, but they feel like they're under fire.

Connolly added another power-play goal for Washington with 69 seconds remaining to round out the scoring for Washington, which now sits just one win away from the Cup after all the playoff heartbreak that dots its history. Many Russian hockey fans devotedly watch the Stanley Cup playoffs each year, either on cable television or by paying a fee and streaming games on

Oh confidently nailed his Game 3 pick, and now he has found an x-factor for Game 4 that he thinks will decide the victor as he goes for an astonishing 16-3 run on his Washington picks.