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Capitals just one win from Stanley Cup

08 June 2018, 06:58 | Anna Jefferson

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The pixie dust that has enveloped the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural season is just about gone, and the Washington Capitals are on the verge of finally capturing their long-elusive Stanley Cup.

"We've just got to get back to our game, getting pucks deep and getting in on the forecheck", Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland said.

While Vegas rang several shots off the posts, the Capitals seized just about every opportunity as they have throughout this surprising run.

A 15-year-old from Bethesda threw a steamed crab out on the ice Saturday after the Washington Capital's win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

T.J. Oshie, Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in a 10-minute span of the first period.

Kuznetsov's four assists gave him an NHL-leading 31 points in the playoffs, making him just the fifth player in the last 20 years to hit 30. The Vegas Golden Knights started with a clean slate and have some very good players, but if those five Capitals are playing the way they have of late, these Golden Knights have exactly zero answers for it. They haven't played anywhere near their best against Washington and are in danger of letting this magical expansion season slip away with Game 4 looming on Monday night.

"There were a lot of moments it was our game", Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant said.

The Golden Knights lost three games in a row only three times during the regular season.

"We've been good at regrouping", Neal said.

Believe it or not, we now live in a world where the Washington Capitals are just one win away from a Stanley Cup. No team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1942 has blown a 3-1 lead in the Cup Final.

Notes: Gallant said he's considering lineup changes for Game 4, with forwards Tomas Tatar and/or Oscar Lindberg seemingly the most likely candidates to draw in. The Golden Knights instead selected defenseman Jon Merrill. 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. Amid that, Connolly scored on a five-on-three power play with 1:09 left.

"Um, I think a little bit, maybe a little more shots, more zone time", Fleury said after Game 3 when asked whether he faced more pressure than earlier in the series. "In these type of games you always want to play, but you have to do better for your team and you have to understand it doesn't matter who you are, what kind of player, you have to understand can you help the team or no". But, Washington headed into the first intermission with a commanding 3-0 lead. "So I think that probably had something to do with everyone having one tonight". In addition to the blunders that cost them two goals, arguably Theodore's worst play Saturday night came when he lollygagged down the ice on the power play and got outraced by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen so badly goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had to come out of his net and wound up taking a tripping penalty.

The Capitals have fortified their defense, and Vegas now must find a way to penetrate the barrier.

Washington is looking to take a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-7 series. But they wouldn't be here without the contributions of Smith-Pelly and Kempny.

Since the Capitals went down 0-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1, there has not been a better team on the planet.

Fall Out Boy is scheduled to play before Game 4 on Monday.

If fans can't make it to an official watch party, they are encouraged to stop by Henderson Pavilion to watch the game, according to a press release, or the club's other official partners including Born and Raised, Topgolf, Nacho Daddy and Scooter's Pub.

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