Capitals Take Series Lead, Guide To Power Forwards (June 3)

Ian Gooding

2018-06-03


Capitals Take Series Lead, Guide To Power Forwards (June 3)

Despite leaving Game 2 with an upper-body injury, Evgeny Kuznetsov was back in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The leading scorer of the playoffs scored a goal and added an assist in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over Vegas in Game 3, giving them a 2-1 series lead.

After a scoreless first period, Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring early in the second period on a backhand rebound after a mad scramble in front of the Vegas net. As you might expect, Ovie did it all in this game, taking five shots on goal and delivering two hits and blocking two shots.

Later in the second period, it was Kuznetsov’s turn, scoring on a 2-on-1. Kuznetsov leads all playoff scorers with 27 points, while his 12 goals places him third behind Mark Scheifele and Ovechkin in goals. At this point Kuznetsov should at least be in the Conn Smythe Trophy discussion.

Watch both of the Capitals’ second-period goals below.

Early in the third period, Tomas Nosek put Vegas on the board with his fourth goal of the playoffs after Braden Holtby mishandled the puck behind his net. After being practically absent from the scoresheet for most of the playoffs, Nosek scored his third goal of the Stanley Cup Final and fourth goal in his last five games. Fourth-liner Nosek is definitely your sleeper scorer in this series.

Later in the third period, Devante Smith-Pelly put it away for the Capitals with his fifth goal of the playoffs. Game 4 will be played on Monday in Washington.

So is the clock about to strike midnight for the rags-to-riches Golden Knights? It’s a bit early to say that, but some of the mojo that was working for them all season seems to be wearing off in this series. The Capitals continue to stifle teams defensively, as the run-and-gun Vegas team didn’t appear to be able to sustain pressure after initial scoring chances. At the very least, the