The Washington Capitals evened up the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-2 Victory last night as the action heated up.
Goals by Lars Eller, Brooks Orpik and Captain Alex Ovechkin helped the Caps overcome a game one 6-4 loss as the series shifts back to our Nations Capital on Saturday night.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights continue their stellar play, to the point now that we really can’t even say that they’re playing over their heads anymore. They are who we thought they were as Dennis Green once infamously said. Vegas goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was under heavy fire from the high powered Caps offense throughout but he kept his team in the game. But it was a miraculous save that Washington goalie Braden Holtby made with just a few minutes left in the game that was the difference.
Holtby sprawled out to make a improbable stick save on the Knights Alex Tuch. It was a save that Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz believed the hockey Gods owed his team after a few bounces went the other way in Game 1. “To me, it was the hockey gods,” Trotz said. “They evened it up from last game. Once he made that save, I knew we were going to win the game.”
Once again the Knights crowd was amazing and the team fed off the crowds energy right from the start. With the scene changing over to the Capital One Arena in Washington look for the “sea of red” crowd to get that much more behind their Capitals. The crowd was buzzing hard during the Knights 5 on 3 power play opportunity During the 3rd period but nothing came from that.
Meanwhile Ovechkin scored a power play goal, his first ever Stanley Cup Final Goal after 13 years in the league. The heavily bearded grizzled veteran has had his game face on since the puck dropped for Game 1. OV has been getting substantial ice time both on special teams and at even strength all playoffs and That hasn’t changed a bit with it all on the line now. This is the time when the great players must step up and prove how great they are.
Ovechkin’s legacy will really ride on how the rest of this series plays out. He’s a sure fire Hall of Fame hockey player and Will go down as one of the greatest snipers of this or any era. But his MO has been his teams fall short when it counts in the playoffs and now that they’ve made it all the way to the Finals his time is now to step up and bring his A game. Sometimes you only get one chance in this situation to win it all and at the age of 32 Father Time is ticking on the Great 8.