He knows the ins and outs of both teams, and has studied all the matchups and trends that will determine the outcome, including one angle you're not even considering.
Coach Barry Trotz wants his players to relax and not think too much about the chance in front of them. He is two points behind the lead in playoff scoring (held by Kuznetsov) and is tied for the lead in goals.
The Capitals lead the best-of-seven finals series 3-1 before the next game in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Vegas' first major professional sports team is three wins away from completing the greatest and most unlikely championship season in the history of North American sports. When you play a wide game, it's not going to work against Washington.
Vegas now sits on the brink of elimination despite directing 71 shots towards goal compared to Washington's 41. "You just get excited". "We were doing the right things". And even though Ovechkin had only one assist, he led all players on both teams with four shots. They were frequently turned back in the neutral zone and in the instances in which Vegas did gain the zone, be it by controlled entry or puck recovery via dump and chase, most of the shot generation came from the perimeter. But they also say that you make your own luck.so go ahead and pick your own narrative, I guess? "I don't want to lie", he said.
2nd period brought on more action but saw only one goal scored and that was for the team who had everything going right for them through the whole game the Capitals John Carlson scores his 5th of the playoffs at 15:23 on the power play.
This came about because of a Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda set for Tuesday, as first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.
"Offensive teams have certain tendencies, certain routes that they take through the neutral zone, plays they like to make, so if you can be on top of them and turn over some pucks, stifle them, make it hard for them to gain entry with possession, that frustrates skilled players", defenseman Matt Niskanen said Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin: Ovie is the only player to record at least one point in every game of the Stanley Cup final. "Honestly, I thought it was in". "If Ovi does it, this will be an wonderful story and will draw enormous attention to the game", he said. Full stop: This is not to suggest that Marc-Andre Fleury deserves to be the fall guy, but the difference between the Cup final and the other three series is Fleury is not giving his team that momentum-changing stop when it needs it and he's not stealing games the way he was when he was putting together a Conn Smythe Trophy portfolio in previous rounds. It has put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Vegas and head coach Gerard Gallant, who is already publicizing possible adjustments and lineup changes in advance of Game 4. "I thought we played a pretty good game".
The Knights got a power play early in the second, but were unable to find a way past Holtby, and found iron twice more as the period wore on.
The Capitals scored just over six minutes later to take a 1-0 lead.
Neal scored 5:43 into the third period. This season, Fleury went 29-13-4 with a 2.24 goals against average.
"It could have been a different hockey game", said Kuznetsov. "I don't really care about that yet, so it's kind of easy for me".
Oh confidently nailed his Game 3 pick, and now he has found an x-factor for Game 4 that he thinks will decide the victor as he goes for an astonishing 16-3 run on his Washington picks.