Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Braden Holtby made the most incredible save of the Stanley Cup Final

Braden Holtby made the most incredible save of the Stanley Cup Final

In fact, Holtby's save was eerily similar to this particular save made by Thomas on Steve Downie in Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals. Trotz, when asked, declined to offer an update.

James Neal and Shea Theodore scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the upstart Knights, who couldn't summon their usual clutch magic, even with lengthy man advantages.

Hockey fans are anticipating a close Game 2 when the puck drops Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from evening the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece.

Game One was everything you'd want from the NHL's premier series: Speed, skill, goals, a breakneck pace and despite the score being 3-3 after two, the goaltenders were actually playing well.

"I don't know how it's going to be", said Capitals winger T.J.

The Vegas Golden Knights lit the lamp first, scoring midway through the opening period of Game 2 just as they did in the Stanley Cup Final opener. "You see one of your best players go down and you're pissed off, that's part of it". It would be more hard to sustain that effort and adrenaline for an entire game without him, though it's a test they passed without Backstrom earlier in the playoffs.

"We refocus and pick each other up and that's a sign of a good team", Holtby said.

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Washington head coach Barry Trotz said Friday that Kuznetsov, who was not made available to the media, will "probably" be a game-time decision when the series shifts to Capital One Arena on Saturday night. "He's a veteran player who has good hockey sense, and he's strong on the puck, and I think his game translates well in the playoffs".

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference".

"The pucks were bouncing pretty good", Trotz said. They've gotten so resilient. You stop at the sports book, get a ticket, go to the game, come back. "It's another layer of adversity that we have to go through all the time". Tuch, who was in ideal position in front of the open net, one-timed the puck.

The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury.

In the Washington locker room, Ovechkin struggled to find words.

In order to win Lord Stanley's Cup, the Washington Capitals would have to prove themselves.

The Golden Knights were outshooting the Capitals 10-2 in the final period of regulation only to be denied time and time again by Holtby.

That the divisional playoff format, which pitted Boston against Toronto - the second and third best teams in the East - in the first round and then pitted Winnipeg and Nashville - the two best teams in the West - in the second round, would somehow make the final somewhere anticlimactic. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

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