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WASHINGTON CAPITALS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (4-1 WSH)

The game got off to a horribly slow start with neither team creating much of anything. Then a penalty by Colin Miller gave the Capitals their first real opportunity of the game. Alex Ovechkin banged one off the bar and Vegas escaped unscathed. The period ended scoreless, not the Golden Knights best though.

The 2nd was the complete opposite. Five total goals were scored in a span of 14 minutes in the period. Washington scored first and third, the Golden Knights came back to tie the game twice with goals from Nate Schmidt and David Perron. Then, a late power play goal from Reilly Smith put Vegas ahead for the first time since the 1st period of Game 2. Following the goal, a massive scrum ensued which resulted in four roughing penalties.

Vegas had a couple good chances to open the period, specifically from the second line. Tomas Tatar then took a hooking penalty which opened the door again for the Capital power play. They were unable to convert, but that didn’t stop them from pouring on the pressure and ending the Golden Knights dreams of winning the Stanley Cup in their expansion season. A pair of 3rd period goals gave the Capitals the lead, one they would hold to the finish to win the Stanley Cup.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Three wins short.
  • The first of many posts looking towards next year and how the Golden Knights can complete the final hurdle.

Three Stars
*** David Perron
** Devante Smith-Pelly
* Lars Eller

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (3-1 WSH)

The Golden Knights came out looking like the best team in hockey for the first 10 minutes of the game. All four lines were buzzing, they created three or four Grade A chances, but Brayden Holtby and his post kept all of them out. Then, a tripping penalty in the center of the ice on Colin Miller led to a power play goal and the ceiling caved in from there. Two more 1st period goals sent the game to intermission at 3-0 and the Golden Knights into a hole in the series they will have a very tough time climbing out of.

Another barrage of VGK chances opened the 2nd, and once again, the posts and Holtby kept them all from getting to the net. A power play the other way and the Caps take advantage again.

The Golden Knights cut it to 4-2 with a couple goals in the 3rd, but couldn’t keep the Capitals off the board. Just not Vegas’ night and not a good trip to Washington.

Now, it’s a 3-1 deficit in the series and the Golden Knights will look to become the first team since 1942 to win three straight when down 3-1 and win a series.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena.

  • The must-win Golden Knights arrived on time, created chances, but couldn’t get one to go. Then, they disappeared. Their chances in the series likely went with them.
  • The ugly numbers behind 3-1.

Three Stars
*** Brayden Holtby
** Evgeny Kuznetsov
* T.J. Oshie

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (2-1 WSH)

The Capitals had a few strong chances early including one that actually got past Fleury. However, a goalie interference penalty brought the goal back and put the Golden Knights on the power play. Vegas’ best chance came when Jonathan Marchessault joined the play off a change and hit the post. The period came to a close scoreless, but it certainly was not without its chances.

The 2nd period was the one that got away from the Golden Knights. They gave up chance after chance after chance on a scramble in front of the goal and eventually Alex Ovechkin cashed in. Then another goal later in the period put the Golden Knights in a massive hole.

The Golden Knights were gifted a goal early in the 3rd to get back within one, but yet another mistake by Shea Theodore hands the Capitals the goal right back late.

Washington now leads the series 2-1 and the Golden Knights have their backs as close to the wall as they’ve ever had for Monday’s Game 4.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena.

  • A team that’s learned from and corrected mistakes all season long hasn’t in the past two games. Why?
  • Golden Knights 2nd line not getting the job done on either end.

Three Stars
*** Brayden Holtby
** Jay Beagle
* Evgeny Kuznetsov

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (1-1)

The Golden Knights came out looking like the much faster team. They sustained a majority of the pressure for the first eight minutes if the game. That led to the first goal of the game, an incredible one from James Neal. Neal batted a puck out of the air around a defenseman and then took a perfect shot off the post and in. Washington climbed back in getting the game under control and eventually scoring 4-on-4.

A penalty-ridden 2nd period saw the Capitals score two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Vegas came up with a huge penalty kill and eventually went on a power play of their own. Shea Theodore’s wrist shot found its way through a ton of traffic and into the net to restore the Golden Knights life in the game. 3-2 heading into the 2nd intermission.

The Golden Knights drew a penalty early in the 3rd and then backed it up with another one which put them on a 5-on-3. They were unable to create much for the 1:09 of the two man advantage and then Braden Holtby made all the saves to kill it off. Vegas could not generate much of anything until very late. With two minutes left Alex Tuch had a wide open net, got the shot off clean, but what may be the save of the year by Holtby kept it out. The series is now tied and heads to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • How did Washington snuff out the Golden Knights attack for the entirety of the 3rd period?
  • Not enough created in the biggest moment of the game, the 5-on-3.

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Lars Eller
* Braden Holtby

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 WASHINGTON CAPITALS 4 (1-0 VGK)

The game took a while to really get going but when it finally did, did it ever. A power-play goal by Colin Miller put the Golden Knights ahead but it did not last long. Two Washington goals forced the first lead change in a Golden Knights game since Game 3 of the second round. That lead didn’t last either though as William Karlsson tucked a goal in off a rebound behind the goal. The teams headed to the locker rooms tied at two after one wild period.

The 2nd period was much of the same in terms of open play. The Golden Knights got a favorable line matchup with their first line against the Capitals fourth. It led to a Reilly Smith goal and another Vegas lead. A defensive breakdown five minutes later saw the score tied by John Carlsson.

The madness continued into the 3rd as four goals were scored starting with one Marc-Andre Fleury kicked into his own goal to give Washington the lead. Ryan Reaves scored less than two minutes later to tie it back up and then the Tomas Nosek show began. A goal on the back door on a beautiful pass from Shea Theodore. Then a sprawling effort in the D-zone with the goalie pulled followed by chasing the puck down the ice and putting it in the empty net for Nosek. Best game of his Golden Knights career came in Game 1 of the StanleyCup Final. The Golden Knights lead the series 1-0.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • A look at minute distribution and how the Golden Knights took advantage of it.
  • 1st and 4th lines come through like they have all year.

Three Stars
*** Deryk Engelland
** Shea Theodore
* Tomas Nosek

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 WINNIPEG JETS 1 (4-1 VGK)

Vegas’ forecheck came out firing to start Game 5 creating all sorts of turnovers in the Jets d-zone. About five minutes in one hopped off Ryan Carpenter, directly to Alex Tuch in front and he spun and got it past Connor Hellebuyck. Vegas stayed in control for a bit of the period but it faded as the Jets 2nd line ramped up the pressure. Winnipeg tied it on a clean draw win and a shot to the top corner by Josh Morrissey. The 2nd period was a high octane one and it ended with Ryan Reaves scoring his first ever Golden Knights goal to give Vegas the lead heading into the final period. The Jets scratched and clawed but could not find a way to get one past Fleury. The Vegas Golden Knights have won the Western Conference and are going to the Stanley Cup Final!!!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place.

  • No clue, but the Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final!

Three Stars
*** Josh Morrissey
** Ryan Reaves
* Alex Tuch

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 WINNIPEG JETS 2 (3-1 VGK)

For the third time in a row in the series the Golden Knights got on the board first. It came on a power play after a bit of a foolish penalty by Tyler Myers. On the power play the Golden Knights won three consecutive draws and got shots on all of them. The third one was won back to the point, then a pass from Marchessault opened up the net for William Karlsson and like he’s been doing all year Karlsson buried it. Just as Game 3 the Jets tied the game but the Golden Knights took no time to retake the lead, this time on a Tomas Nosek’s first goal of the post season. The Jets came out flying (yep, I did that) to start the 3rd and tied the game. It stayed that way for a bit but Reilly Smith finally got on the board in the series after a bobble at the blue line by the Jets. Winnipeg gave it everything they had but the Golden Knights held on for dear life and won Game 4. They’ll head to Winnipeg for Game 5 with a chance to win their way into the Stanley Cup Finals!

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery from SinBin.vegas photographer Brandon Andreasen
  • Winnipeg keeps making miserable mistakes and the Golden Knights are taking full advantage.
  • When the games have been tied, Vegas has been the better, and faster, team. (Possible)

Three Stars
*** William Karlsson
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Reilly Smith


VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4 WINNIPEG JETS 2 (2-1 VGK)

The game was just :35 old when a turnover in the neutral zone caused by Brayden McNabb sprung Jonathan Marchessault. As he’s done all postseason long Marchessault put it past the goalie to make it 1-0. The Golden Knights did well to go to the intermission up one. The 2nd started with a lackluster Vegas power play and eventually led to the Jets taking control of the game a bit. They scored on a tip from Scheifele but just 12 seconds later a misplay behind the goal by Connor Hellebuyck set James Neal up to give the Golden Knights their lead right back. Then, another excellent shift by the Vegas 2nd line led to an Alex Tuch goal making it 3-1. The game got a bit chippy as the 2nd period wore on and ended with four players on the box for coincidental roughing minors. The Jets scored immediately to start the 3rd and then dominated play for the next 15 minutes. However, Marc-Andre Fleury made two unbelievable saves to keep the Golden Knights ahead and they eventually closed the game out with a Jonathan Marchessault.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.

  • The Golden Knights 2nd line continues to be the key in the series.
  • These games have not been tied for long making it challenging to really see the difference in the teams.
  • Vegas was without question the fresh team the final three minutes.
  • Full photo gallery from SinBin.vegas photographer Brandon Andreasen

Three Stars
*** James Neal
** Jonathan Marchessault
* Marc-Andre Fleury

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 WINNIPEG JETS 1 (1-1)

The Golden Knights didn’t get off to the best start but Marc-Andre Fleury was tremendous to start the game. Connor Hellebuyck had a good start stifling a few chances for Vegas as well. Then, Tomas Tatar missed a wide open net but quickly recovered the rebound and put it in the net to give the Golden Knights the lead. Quickly after the Golden Knights struck again with a breakaway goal from Jonathan Marchessault. Instantly off the draw of the second goal, Erik Haula hit the post which could have made it 3-0. The Jets scored on a power play but less than 90 seconds later a tremendous shift by the first line regained the two goal lead. Vegas bled the clock out well and got to the finish line to even the series.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Center.

  • From 10 minutes into the first to the last 2 seconds of the 2nd the Golden Knights proved how you can take a crowd out of a game.
  • Golden Knights tweaked their PK and it made a huge difference (even despite the somewhat soft goal Fleury allowed).
  • Is the ice in Winnipeg slow?
  • Winnipeg was in Fleury’s kitchen all night but as it didn’t it the 2nd Round, it didn’t matter in Game 2.

Three Stars
*** Kyler Connor
** Marc-Andre Fleury
* Jonathan Marchessault

WINNIPEG JETS 4 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (1-0 WPG)

A brutal start for the Golden Knights had them feeling like many teams did in T-Mobile Arena throughout the regular season. A goal just 65 seconds into the game put the Jets up one, then a tough call against Alex Tuch led to a second goal for the Jets on the power-play, then the sixth goal review went against the Golden Knights in the playoffs to put them down 3-0. Brayden McNabb struck quickly after the reviewed goal to give the Golden Knights at least a bit of life. Vegas got off to a good start in the 2nd, but couldn’t get one to go. Another power play goal gave the Jets a 4-1 leave. The Golden Knights struck back with a power play goal of their own by William Karlsson to head to the second intermission down 4-2. Vegas controlled play for a bit of time to open the 3rd, but yet another penalty took the control away and forced the uphill climb to be even more uphill. The Golden Knights had a couple of good chances after pulling Fleury, but couldn’t get one to go.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Center.

  • Can’t start slow against this team. Situation obviously makes a difference, but the back 50 minutes of the game VGK controlled the game.
  • Uncharacteristic 1st period went way beyond the score.

Three Stars
*** Mark Scheifele
** Dustin Byfuglien
* Blake Wheeler

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