Those players made the difference down the stretch as they accounted for three goals - one from Reaves and two from Tomas Nosek - all of which came in the third period to help seal the win for the Golden Knights.
The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn't given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn't seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights.
This year, I will watch the Stanley Cup Finals merely for the love of the game of hockey, knowing that a fan base that has never witnessed a Stanley Cup Parade will know that joy. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NBC executives must have loved it. The Capitals tied the game at 3 when forward T.J. Oshie backhanded a pass across the crease, where defenseman John Carlson was all alone and looking at a wide-open net because Fleury was still turned toward Oshie.
But a wild game was just getting started.
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As the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals face off in the Stanley Cup Final, the National Hockey League has a situation on its hands that has grown exceedingly rare over the past two decades.
Smith also got a goal thanks to a fortunate rebound from the end boards, after Holtby failed to scoop up Deryk Engelland's wrist shot and the puck caromed off his pads. Nosek and Pierre- Edouard Bellemare were a plus-3.
Nosek one-timed home the winning goal from the right circle on a cross-ice feed from Shea Theodore at the 9:41 mark, then added an empty-netter with three seconds left. Ovechkin (12 goals, 22 points) carried them against Tampa Bay, supported by playoff scoring leader Kuznetsov.
"We kept battling back", Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant said. "You look at this group on both sides, they were both down and out". To borrow from an old favorite, "Fight Club", the first rule of the Golden Knights Playoff Club is that there are no rules.
And, yes, Ovechkin shooting from "his office" makes for a unique threat, but maybe Vegas has the best training one can ask for after limiting Patrik Laine in the Western Conference Final?
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The Rockets tied the Raptors for best home record in the National Basketball Association during the regular season by going 34-7. Golden State eventually found some sort of rhythm in the second quarter, bringing the deficit back down to 10 by halftime.
Just as it was in Game 5 against the Jets last round, it was the Golden Knights' fourth line come up large on Monday.
"All that and we get a game too?" "That's the exciting thing".
Marc-Andre Fleury won his 13th playoff game Monday and moved past Chris Osgood into eighth place on the NHL's career wins list for goaltenders. The Capitals scored twice in 42 seconds later in the first period.
Holtby also allowed a number of sketchy rebounds, especially in the second period. When you note how big a factor special teams has been for Washington in particular (17 power-play goals for, 16 against in 20 games; Vegas has given up and generated 10 PPG), that could offset schematic improvements.
Fleury didn't stand a chance against John Carlson, who scored an easy backhander after a attractive feed from Oshie, who wrapped a pass around defenseman Shea Theodore across the slot. "They go, go, go, and they go four lines deep and three sets of defensemen backed up by a world-class goaltender, and that kind of performance and consistency of effort, concerted effort, can overcome lack of talent at every level of this game, and they have certainly shown that".
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The Capitals likely hold an edge against Vegas in overall talent on the blue line. They don't deserve a cup.
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