Las Vegas Heat Wave Melting Ice at Stanley Cup Final

Las Vegas Heat Wave Melting Ice at Stanley Cup Final

Las Vegas Heat Wave Melting Ice at Stanley Cup Final

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made an unbelievable save Wednesday night, robbing Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch in the third period to lift Washington to a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

There's been plenty said about how good the Knights have been in Vegas all year long, and that home cookin' has tasted pretty good throughout the playoffs too. 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.

Kuznetsov was injured late in the first period after a hip check from Brayden McNabb.

On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Washington coach Barry Trotz called Kuznetsov day-to-day.

The Capitals had lost Game 1 and lost team scoring leader Evgeny Kuznetsov to an apparent arm injury in the first period Wednesday, yet managed to kill a 69-second two-man disadvantage early in the third period. It had been 824 days since defenseman Brooks Orpik last scored, but his short-hopper caromed off Tuch's elbow and past Fleury for the eventual game-winner.

A franchise that didn't exist a year ago was four wins (now three) from the Stanley Cup and a team that hasn't sniffed the Stanley Cup Final since America Online was the dominant internet service provider finally found their way back.

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NOTES: The Golden Knights have scored the opening goal in the first period of all nine of their postseason home games.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

But the Golden Knights are facing another solid team in the Washington Capitals, a team that's been very good for the past decade but never advanced to even the conference finals. "This group has had everything thrown at them and they just say, 'You know what?" The first two games of the Stanley Cup Final were split for only the third time in the last 13 editions of the NHL's final round.

(The hydrate line actually began as a way for him to talk around a question he doesn't want to answer). "Bottom line is we were right in that game I think, it was right there for us to grab, we just came short".

"A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check". "You hate to lose one of your best players, and hopefully we'll have [Kuznetsov] back soon, but we showed tonight and we've showed in the past that we can win even when one of our best players go down".

Holtby, who made 37 saves in the win, wasn't as overwhelmed by the play, which went viral quickly.

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"I've learned a lot of valuable things throughout the situations, about myself, about the way hockey is now".

Coming two nights after Washington's Tom Wilson had caught Vegas' playoff scoring leader Jonathan Marchessault with a blindside hit, you knew that the Golden Knights would be seeking retribution.

In postseason failures of yore, this would have been the moment when it all unraveled for Washington.

"He's just a battler", Trotz said of Orpik. He surrendered five goals in Game 1 - six in total if you count the empty netter to effectively seal the deal. "I think he embraces the challenge".

Before the period ended, Vegas would get one back on a power play goal from Shea Theodore.

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