For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals played in a game that could clinch them the Stanley Cup. Also for the first time in franchise history, the Vegas Golden Knights were facing elimination. One way or another, we were getting history on Thursday night.
The game started as maybe expected: prime scoring chances (outside of a post from Alex Ovechkin) were few and far between in the first period. Tomas Tatar had a good look from the slot but lost control on a toe-drag. Tom Wilon was, well, doing Tom Wilson things:
We were scoreless through 20 but things picked up in the middle period.
Jakub Vrana (my beautiful baby boy) got things going with a glove-high snipe on a partial break. That was replied by Nate Schmidt for Vegas. And then, who else but Alex Ovechkin would give the Caps the lead. While Ovechkin scored, this pass from Nicklas Backstrom was sublime:
Goals from David Perron and Reilly Smith had Vegas back ahead 3-2 for the third period.
The Caps seemed destined for victory in the final frame. A turnover by Luca Sbisa behind his own net led to a Brooks Orpik point shot, and Devante Smith-Pelly going skate-to-stick to tie it at three. Another Sbisa turnover in his own end a few minutes later led to a goal from Lars Eller, and