In the end, the missed chances were too much as the Washington Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 6-2 in a pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. A win tonight and Ovechkin and his Capitals will be on track to lift Lord Stanley's prized chalice for the first time in team history.
Washington: Lars Eller. Eller was a major factor for the Capitals in knocking off the Tampa Bay Lightning, notching seven points in the seven game series.
Vegas now sits on the brink of elimination despite directing 71 shots towards goal compared to Washington's 41.
But enough said Marc Andre Fleury got the start Monday night trying to help get his Golden Knights back into the series as he wants to get his game back and fast to try and tie this series at 2. "That's big thing for us".More news: Belmont Stakes post positions and odds
The winger, who played in 71 games over two seasons with the Devils before they bought him out of the final year of his contract in June of 2017, now has six goals in 23 postseason games, including two in the Final. Gallant didn't appreciate a line of questioning that veered towards the struggles of Shea Theodore - dinged with a minus on four of the last five even-strength goals scored by the Washington Capitals - and shot back with a spirited defence of his talented blue liner.
After the Capitals weathered a Vegas push thanks to some good luck, along with poor execution from the visitors, Oshie made it 1-0 at 9:54 of the first on the power play after Knights defenceman Colin Miller went off for tripping.
"He just tells me to put my stick on the ice and he'll hit it", Wilson said of Kuznetsov. "We're pretty privileged to have him around".
Heck, they could spend another lifetime in this sport and never find themselves in a better one.
Prior to the Washington onslaught, Vegas easily could have scored three times, but instead rolled snake eyes at the worst moment imaginable.More news: I have right to pardon myself, declares Donald Trump
"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.
"We [have to] step up our game", Gallant said, per Tracey Myers of NHL.com. "Honestly I thought (Neal's shot) was in, my angle, and somehow it didn't go in". Lamenting what could have been, Neal said, "It's probably a different game after that". "Guys were counting down how many games were left, how many practices, how many periods".
I'll spare you the lame jokes about bugs and windshields, but I'd bet that if you took a poll of Penguins fans - or even the actual players - before the 2018 playoffs, you would've seen the Flyers listed as the opponent that most gets the blood boiling and brain percolating.
Neal finally got Vegas on the board at 5:43 of the third period. In their lone regular-season meeting in Washington on February 4, the Golden Knights won 4-3.
Connolly added another power-play goal for Washington at 18:51. "And I don't really care about that yet, so it's kind of easy for me. We played a lot of the game the way we wanted to play it". Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and infielder Ryan Zimmerman were in attendance supporting the Capitals, while teammate and Vegas native Bryce Harper watched from a private box sporting a Jonathan Marchessault jersey.More news: Israeli military to probe killing of Gaza nurse