Washington Capitals One Win Away From Stanley Cup Title

Las Vegas Golden Ticket

Las Vegas Golden Ticket

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, center, celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russian Federation, and Nicklas Backstrom, right, of Sweden, during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Washington.

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates his goal against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Washington. In four games against Washington, Fleury has allowed 16 goals on 103 shots, a pedestrian.845 save percentage that speaks as much to Vegas crashing back down to earth as a team.

Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson (left) falls to the ice after a hit by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (right) during the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, June 4, 2018, in Washington.

The Golden Knights have scored some of the prettiest, highlight reel-worthy goals in the National Hockey League this season.

The Vegas Golden Knights are the latest to get frustrated by Washington's neutral-zone pressure that took a toll on Columbus, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, paving the way for this run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Through four games of the final, that number sits at.845, but it mostly reflects the loose play in front of him rather than a drop in form.

Natural Stat Trick has been calculating unsafe shot attempts all season long and, not surprisingly, graded out poorly Saturday night.

"It's the Stanley Cup final", Ovechkin said. Posts, just a piece of them ... we generated the offence we wanted, we generated the chances. "You just get excited". Jonathan Marchessault alone was credited with three risky scoring chances and their fourth line once again applied substantial pressure in limited minutes. "They came back. They got some quick goals".

"He just tells me to put my stick on the ice and he'll hit it", Wilson said of Kuznetsov. "We're not the most skilled line but we're a hard-working line. The whole team is going to follow". "We have to be better and every line has to be better".

But the 10 seconds leading into it also painted these Stanley Cup finals in broad strokes.

Vegas has scored three goals against the Washington Capitals in the past two games and fallen behind 2-1 in a series for the first time in the playoffs.

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"It's not good enough from us", Neal said. For us, it's unacceptable. Outside of select groups, though, the Capitals had full control of the game. The real issue is that Vegas' second line has been punchless.

In Game 4, Washington wasted no time reinforcing the notion that they are the aggressor in the series.

"It's not my decision for sure", Perron said.

"We're going to see what kind of team we are", the forward said following a 4-2 defeat that wasn't almost as close as the score indicated.

"Our guys that have a lot of speed can go back deeper, gather some speed, and then the defensemen can try and freeze the first forechecker, kick it wide, and then these guys come in with speed".

Golden Knights players can't help but feel like they're letting "Flower" down. Shea's a 22-year-old kid who I love.

The Golden Knights are starting Tomas Tatar in place of David Perron, who was scratched. But Capitals goalie Brayden Holtby made the save of his lifetime with the paddle of his stick and Washington won 3-2.

Ping! The puck bounced off the metal bar, skipped behind Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and slithered harmlessly toward the back boards.

"Um, I think a little bit, maybe a little more shots, more zone time", Fleury said after Game 3 when asked whether he faced more pressure than earlier in the series.

Gerard Gallant didn't consider pulling Marc-Andre Fleury as another game and perhaps the Vegas Golden Knights' Stanley Cup hopes slipped away. The series remain a marathon. The reason why shot distance is so important here is because it's one of the key components (combined with angles, the shooting talent of the individual, et al.) that makes up what we recognize as shot quality.

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