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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final: Capitals-Golden Knights Game 2

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9659002) Stanley Cup Final: Game 2

Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Series: Golden Knights Lead, 1-0

Wednesday, May 30, 8 pm ET | TV: NBCSN

• Live updates and analysis: Speed ​​has increased and the Golden Knights put the first goal to the top. ( Read More)

• The capitals allowed the Golden Knights to dictate the style of play in the final game. Can Washington accelerate Vegas in the second game? (Read more)

• No team will change their lineup. (Read more)

• Only one game left in the Stanley Cup final and tough Washington striker Tom Wilson back in the limelight. (Read more)

• The capitals are hoping for a better game surface in Game 2 after "pretty bad" ice conditions in the T-Mobile Arena. (Read more)

In-Game Updates and Analysis

James Neal starts the scoring: Neal tipped his stick out of the air to punch Dmitry Orlov, then flicked his wrist shot past Braden Holtby's glove and hit the first goal of the game. The Golden Knights lead 1-0

A better start for Washington: After the Golden Knights had dictated the pace of the game and scored eight of their first ten shots early in Game 1, the first major goal of Game 2 was theirs the caps. Less than three minutes in T.J. Oshie rushed in on Marc-Andre Fleury, but could not get enough of the rolling puck to cover him over Vegas's sweeping goalie. Playing with 16 minutes in the first period were two apiece. – SA

Encore: A Capital Victory tonight would ensure that there is a Game 5 in Las Vegas, which is great news for anyone enjoying the over-sized Golden Knights pregame spectacle. Look, if you can not appreciate Vegas' Medieval Times meets Disney on Ice Meets WWE production, I do not know what to say to you. The extravagance of Game 1 was a difficult task and Wednesday's intro was a disappointment given the amount of material that was repeated.

After the Golden Knight defeated the last invaders of Vegas from the Eastern Conference with a short sword In the middle of the ice rink, he pointed to his castle in the T-Mobile Arena, where a small string orchestra set the opening credits for a performance by the band Imagine Dragons from Las Vegas delivered.

Both teams are ready to win "Whatever It Takes" Game 2, and if you can imagine a defense of capitals that does not allow "Radioactive" danger? – Scoring chances, there is a good chance that Washington will split back to D.C. – SA

Can not restrain the caps: The Capitals offensive was not overwhelming in the first game of the Stanley Cup final. The team allowed 14 high-risk chances over 53 equal-minute minutes, a rate of 15.8 per 60, and Holtby only stopped 10 of 14 of those chances (.714). Both odds are significantly worse than their performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning earlier in the playoffs. Making Holtby's job easier has obvious benefits: Holtby's victories this season include Holtby's saving of .928; that drops to 860 in losses. The fewer dangers he has, the greater the likelihood that he will keep the Golden Knights away from the scoreboard. – NG

Washington must get out of the gate quickly: Washington has to start faster than in Game 1. The Capitals only got their first shot after more than one shot. Halfway through the first half, they needed more than five minutes of play time to score their first goal in the second half. To show just how little shot-filling volume was for Washington in the series opener, the shooter of the team with equal strength, defender Dmitry Orlov, who finished the game with four shots on the net, is not far away. Brett Connolly, T. J. Oshie and another blue center back, John Carlson, were in second with three shots in the net and four others, including Alex Ovechkin, had only two games.

Ovechkin scored 25 times or less in the playoffs and the Capitals record In these games 17-8. – NG

Rocking the Red on the Road: There was a lot of red in the lower shell of the T-Mobile Arena during the warm-up phase before Game 2, which was a heavy sight for Golden Knights owner Bill Foley

"I do not like it," Foley told LVSportsBiz.com of the Clusters of Red-Clad Fans in Game 1. Foley estimated that on Monday there were about 2,000 Capitals fans in the arena, including 100 Monumental Sports and entertainment staff who flew for the game on Capitals owner Ted Leonsis dime. As a means to tackle the problem, Foley said he plans to investigate the distribution of ticket blocks at StubHub, Vegas' second ticket partner.

"I can move around the ticket locations," he said. "I do not want to see her together." – SA

Top story lines

Pitch: These capitals play faster than the Washington teams, but they do not attract either. I do not want to get together with the fast Golden Knights happened in game 1. The 6-4 Vegas win was thrilling with multiple leadership changes and hectic action on both sides, but it did not fit Washington's check-defing, defensive play style. Striker Brett Connolly said the capitals "did not find our game" as the Golden Knights could dictate the pace.

"No team wants to trade back and forth, because then it's up to the air who's who," Connolly said.

Although the team that wins Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final became champion in about 78 percent of the cases, the Capitals were confident despite their first loss. They also lost their first game in the first and second rounds and then won both matchups. The players thought that if game 1 were so close and they did not play their favorite style, that's a good sign that Washington is playing well.

"If we bring our game to a level I can I'm very excited because I thought we left out many of the elements we did not have in our previous series where I thought we had one pretty complete game, "said Barry Trotz. "So, if we make the adjustments we need and everyone returns to our base a bit more, then I think we'll be back in the lineup fast."

Goalkeeper: It feels like a missed chance that the Capitals could score four goals at Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury and then fail to win the game. Fleury entered this final series with a .947 secure percentage, and he had not allowed four goals since his Game 1 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference finals. He then won the next four games to bring Vegas to a series win and allowed no more than two goals in a game.

"We know how he plays," said Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. "We've often played against him, we have to do the same."

Meanwhile, Washington goalkeeper Braden Holtby left the game on Monday with a few things he wanted to clean up after scoring five goals, most of them in the postseason. [19659031] "I thought my puck handling was not great," he said. "I recognized the nature of the preliminary investigation that they had, and I made the wrong decision on a few occasions, it's just something you go back to, watch the video, and look where the defaults are to get the puck back to get into the hands of our teams, just little things like these where each team plays a little bit different, you can watch the whole video as they play other teams, but you do not know how they'll play you until you it actually does. "

Notes on Pregame

Washington's Expected Lineup


19659035] Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana-Nicklas Backsrom-TJ Oshie
Andre Burakovsky -Lars Eller Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson-Jay Beagle-Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny-John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik -Christian Djoos

Goalkeeper [19659035] Braden Holtby (starter)
Philipp Grubauer

Vegas awaited lineup

Jonathan Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith
Alex Cloth-Erik Haula James Neal
David Perron-Cody Eakin-Ryan Zimmermann
Ryan Reaves-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Tomas Nosek

Brayden McNabb-Nate Schmidt
Deryk Engelland-Shea Theodore
Luca Sbisa-Colin Miller

Goalkeeper [19659035] Marc-Andre Fleury (starter)
Maxime Lagace

Malcolm Subban, the usual substitute goalkeeper of the Golden Knights, remains with an unknown injury day after day. Golden Knights manager Gerard Gallant told Game 1 that he expects Subban to return sometime during the Stanley Cup series, but he did not say when that might be.

Players to watch

Tom Wilson: Washington The 24-year-old power forward made headlines with his late, hard hit for Vegas striker Jonathan Marchessault. While the NHL's Department of Player Safety did not consider it a legal check, it was not a suspension because there was no direct contact. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant wished that Wilson could have been called up for a major penalty rather than a minor penalty, but he also felt the strike "awoke" his team. The capitals usually expect Wilson to provide that kind of energy for their own bank. He is a versatile striker with four goals in the postseason, including one in the match on Monday night. He could have an even bigger goal on his back in Game 2 after the hard impact he made in the first competition.

"He's one of the most physical boys in the National Hockey League and he plays with a few stars and he beats like a truck," Trotz said. "But Tom has an effect, and positive and negative, he draws much attention because of its nature."

Ryan Reaves: The fourth position of the Golden Knights, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh Penguins last February, was a major (and unlikely) part of his team's offensive success in Game 1. The fourth row scored three goals in Game 1 – two by Tomas Nosek (one empty guy) and another by Reaves – and that For an offensive balance, the Capitals ensured a 6: 4 victory for the Golden Knights. Reaves has spent most of his career as an enforcer, scoring no goals in 21 Golden Knight games. He has never scored more than seven goals in a single season. It is more likely that Reave's next contributions to his team's efforts will be to free up space for teammates or possibly confront Wilson after the Marchessault strike. But every little offensive is a boost when it comes from Reaves and the fourth line, and they made for a big boost in the first game of the series.

"I think every goal I score for the rest of the year will certainly be the biggest in my career," Reaves said after the Golden Knights on Tuesday. "Winnipeg was obviously fun because it was hometown and I caught a couple of boos and it was good to finally get one before Vegas, it was three and a half months so it was good to have one in front of them." [19659051] Read Postgame
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