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Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game Two Recap: Washington Ties Series in Vegas

The Capitals beat Vegas 3 to 2 to send the series back to Washington tied at one

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals danced with the Golden Knights again in Vegas looking to steal home ice away in the series. Washington came from behind with three unanswered goals to do just that with a 3 to 2 victory in Game Two.

Here’s Wednesday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus: Tonight’s win is Washington’s first Stanley Cup Final victory, making this Capitals’ season their best in franchise history.

Minus: Evgeny Kuznetsov’s status is uncertain after exiting the game in the first period.

Nine more notes on the game.

  1. James Neal spotted the Golden Knights to a lead less than eight minutes into the game. Neal found himself with open ice near the net and rifled a wrist shot that beat Braden Holtby off of the far post and in.
  2. Kuznetsov was felled by Donovan McNabb in neutral ice midway through the first period and the Russian forward’s pained reaction did not look good. His night ended there (4:26 TOI).
  3. With three minutes to play in the first Michael Kempny and Lars Eller connected to even the game at one. A faceoff win in the offensive zone from Eller allowed Andre Burakovsky to get the puck to Kempny who then found Eller all alone in the slot.
  4. Early in the second period Alex Ovechkin put Washington ahead with their first power play goal of the series. With Alex Tuch in the penalty box Nicklas Backstrom and Eller delivered the puck to Ovechkin and he would not miss his chance against Marc-Andre Fleury.
  5. At the contest’s midway mark Brooks Orpik extended the Capitals’ lead to two with his first of the season. A smart Washington zone entry allowed Orpik an offensive chance that he buried in the net off of Vegas forward Tuch.
  6. The Golden Knights responded though with a power play goal of their own late in the second frame. Shea Theodore threaded a snap shot from sixty feet that eluded bodies in front and Holtby’s glove hand to draw Vegas within one.
  7. Washington gifted the Golden Knights 68 seconds with a two man advantage opportunity early in the third period. With T-Mobile Arena rocking the Capitals’ penalty killers came up huge, denying Vegas through both minor penalties.
  8. With two minutes to play Holtby stole the game with a desperate paddle save against Tuch. A crazy carom off the boards allowed Tuch to receive the puck in the crease with a wide open net but a diving stick from Holtby denied the chance. Biggest save in franchise history (sorry Varly).
  9. The Golden Knights would press throughout the game’s final minutes but the Capitals looked calm and confident closing out the contest. A few sparks flew at the final whistle but Washington was already getting ready to leave town with home ice advantage.