TRAIKOS: Here's hoping thrilling Stanley Cup final goes distance

TRAIKOS: Here's hoping thrilling Stanley Cup final goes distance

TRAIKOS: Here's hoping thrilling Stanley Cup final goes distance

According to their communications team, both Games 3 and 4 are completely sold out. Heading into Wednesday's game, Kuznetsov was tops among all Washington players in postseason scoring with 25 points. Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, his first in a Final, Brooks Orpik ended a personal 220-game goal drought with the eventual victor, and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists. See the lateral pass move from Golden Knights center Cody Eakin to linemate Alex Tuch, his right-handed blade flexed and firing at an empty net.

That the divisional playoff format, which pitted Boston against Toronto - the second and third best teams in the East - in the first round and then pitted Winnipeg and Nashville - the two best teams in the West - in the second round, would somehow make the final somewhere anticlimactic.

Braden Holtby's save capped off the Washington Capitals' Game 2 win Wednesday.

But fans said inside Capital One Arena or not, they will be loud and proud cheering their team towards the Stanley Cup.

If Kuznetsov misses time in the Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals are practiced in the art of resiliency. There's always the chance that things swerve from here, but at the moment, he instead seems like he could be one of the true gems to hit the market.

"Now it's a little easier for me to root for Vegas". And to come away with a split, it's good. We get huge plays from different guys throughout the playoffs.

The hit that Evgeny Kuznetsov received from Brayden McNabb might have looked clean, but it knocked Kuznetsov from the game clutching his arm.

But Eller again took advantage of the opportunity to play an increased role, scoring a 4-on-4 goal with 2:33 left in the first period to tie it 1-1.


The Caps hung on through a scoreless third period for their first Stanley Cup Final victory in franchise history largely because of a bounce-back performance by Holtby, who was battered in Vegas' 6-4 series-opening win.

Davis is not only developing a love affair with the Golden Knights, but he was also spotted at the opener for the Las Vegas Aces.

"I try to disconnect myself from social media", Holtby said. "A leader of our team, a guy that just, he's one of those old school, ultimate pro guys that I've only played with three or four of them".

"You got to catch their body when you can", Reaves said.

The Westgate sports book took 13 futures wagers at 500-1 odds, the longest offered anywhere, during training camp in September, before local betting interest on the Golden Knights had piqued.

"You're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across", Beagle said. Melrose said this year's Capitals' team may not be the most impressive Washington's fielded on paper, but it's come together more effectively.

And really, that's all we can ask for. That's the great thing.

That connection is even more intriguing when you consider the very positive relationship Kovalchuk has with newly minted New York Islanders overlord Lou Lamoriello.

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