Braden Holtby and The Save: ‘Thank God he’s our goalie’

Washington needs three more wins to become the second team in National Hockey League history to win a Cup after trailing in all four postseason rounds, joining Pittsburgh in 1991. He allowed four goals in each of his team's two losses to San Jose in the second round and gave up three in the following games to help Vegas get past the Sharks.

Leaving the theatrics and comfort of their home ice at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights are set to play in Washington for the first Stanley Cup finals game the city has hosted in 20 years.

Game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will go tonight. Their special teams were very good, the Caps only had one power-play chance, but it was handled pretty easily by Vegas, and the Caps' power play is one of their real weapons.

"(Wednesday) night they didn't have the offensive outburst they usually have", said Gallant. Capital One Arena in downtown Washington was packed with red-clad fans watching Game 2 on the videoboards. Nearly three minutes remained when Holtby stymied Tuch, preserving a 3-2 lead that lasted until the final horn and secured the first Stanley Cup Final victory in the Capitals' 43-year history. Even teammate Alex Ovechkin had to breathe a huge sigh of relief as this game was all but tied.

But before any Canadians develop heatstroke at the prospect of their national game being played in a Nevada swimming pool, players on both teams were eager to make it clear the Vegas ice is absolutely playable. Braden Holtby was the hero for the Capitals with 37 saves in a clutch performance.

The series shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4.

Under is 4-0-1 in Golden Knights last 5 road games and under is 4-0-1 in Golden Knights last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than.600 and Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games.

"Vegas is going to be here for a long time". The Aces are the new Las Vegas franchise in the WNBA, and will play their games inside the Mandalay Bay, which is across the street from the spot of the new Raiders stadium. The others were Game 2 of the 1936 quarterfinals (Chicago 5, NY Americans 4) and Game 2 of the 1992 Smythe Division semifinals (Los Angeles 8, Edmonton 5).

The Capitals have made the playoffs in 13 of 19 seasons since their only other trip to the Final in 1998, but hadn't managed to get their fans back to the final round until this year. They lost Game 1 in the second round against Pittsburgh before bouncing back with a win in Game 2 and eliminating the two-time defending champion Penguins in Game 6. They'll have to play smarter in Game 3 and beyond, especially if the games remain as tight as the first few.

If Kuznetsov misses time in the Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals are practiced in the art of resiliency.

And, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has a tough act to follow.

There also were big hits, some which might have lingering effects Wednesday night. Jonathan Marchessault doesn't have the puck, he's in front of Wilson and Wilson is behind him, all boxes checked.

  • Steve Townsend