With extra space, Washington strung together several sharp passes culminating in Eller's sixth goal of the postseason. While his save on Tuch was the most impressive, he kept the Caps in charge with 15 saves in the third period, including a tenacious effort during a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:09 for the Knights. He's as essential as they come.
Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals stayed cool in the 100-degree Vegas heat and evened the Stanley Cup Final. "But those guys play extra minutes, extra shifts, and whatever it takes". But regardless of what caused you in to watch Vegas win 6-4 in Game 1, before losing 3-2 to Washington in Game 2, chances are you weren't disappointed.
"Every time this team has faced some adversity, whether it's been down in a series, in games, or we've lost important players at crucial times, players have just stepped up to the plate and everybody has just been a little bit better", Eller said. We had goals, we had hits, we had some good plays, we had a lot of mistakes, which usually makes for excitement, and that certainly happened. "I wouldn't be running around just to collect the money", Kovalchuk said.
Eller has done this before, of course.
Game 3 is Saturday in Washington.
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Washington won its first two games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals, but then lost three straight, forcing the franchise to win two decisive games to advance.
Holding a lead for all 20 minutes in the third period of a Stanley Cup Final is a good way to prove whether or not the Capitals are Stanley Cup worthy. Oshie. "It'll be a big loss, but as you saw in the Pittsburgh series when Nick went down, sometimes that kind of energizes some other guys to get in there and be able to make some plays". It's common to see ice deterioration in rinks at various latitudes when temperatures rise while the National Hockey League playoffs roll through spring.
Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't provide an update on his star afterward, but said it was the key moment in the game for his team.
"(That hit) galvanized us as a group", Trotz said. "You lose one of your top players on what we feel is a questionable hit. But your bench rallies around it". "We need everyone to step up and he really did".
"The arena gives you the feeling you can't get on TV".
"It looks bad on paper, but this year I think is one of those years where I've learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years". "I think that might be a turning point for us". They've gotten so resilient. Capital One Arena's capacity for hockey is slightly more than 18,000.
"You're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across", Beagle said. "We're going to push on'".