Vegas, who are aiming to become the first team in major U.S. sport history to win the title in their first season in existence, have now lost three successive games.
The Mug will be in the house for Game 5 on Thursday in Vegas. Washington goalie Braden Holtby said after the game he thought it was in. He finished with 28 saves.
"We've just got to get back to our game, getting pucks deep and getting in on the forecheck", Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland said. "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight". That came just one second after a power play expired. Neal fired across the crease and Holtby extended his paddle, much like he did in robbing Alex Tuch in the final minute of Game 2. Brett Connolly's power-play tally with 1:09 left was the coup de grace.
"They're really good at slowing you down", Lightning forward J.T. Miller said during the Eastern Conference final.
"That's the way it gets", Ovechkin said of the rough stuff. Instead of loitering in "his office" at the left point, he got involved in the scrum in front of the net and dove to push a rebound past Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Now, the expansion darlings are in danger of falling short of their ultimate goal unless they can put together three consecutive victories.
"We've gotta step up our game".
The Golden Knights are under serious pressure for the first time in the postseason.
For weeks, coach Barry Trotz and Capitals teammates have said that this season, more than any season, Ovechkin has led by example and played his most complete game.
They desperately need a win Monday in Washington, which has a two-games-to-one lead in the Finals. Vegas has defied the odds in their first season in existence but now the team faces a 3-1 series deficit.
I think the Capitals would happily accept that fate, whereas most Penguins fans are probably already shuddering at the thought of the denizens of D.C. partying through a muggy June night in the near future. It's done with. It's not the first time it's happened. Washington dominated the opening frame with TJ Oshie (PP), Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scoring for a 3-0 lead heading to the second. A lot of guys make mistakes in a hockey game, they don't end up in the back of the net.
The Golden Knights came out looking like the best team in hockey for the first 10 minutes of the game.
"There was nothing that he could have done", Gallant said. They had some opportunities and they hit a post or two...but we converted on ours. Their year-to-date average has been around 36 feet, with 88 per cent of their games played this year seeing more advantageous shot distances.
Gallant said he never considered pulling Fleury.
The Knights trailed big on the scoreboard through 40 minutes, but led 50-25 in shot attempts on a frustrating evening where next to nothing went their way.
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The Caps' captain has 14 goals in this year's playoffs, matching Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele for the most in the league and also tying John Druce's single-year franchise record set in 1990.
Washington's most important players are producing, while the Golden Knights' top line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith hasn't found the net with regularity in this series.