Capitals favored over Knights in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

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Holtby had already more than earned his per diem in Wednesday's 3-2 victory, batting away an onslaught of Golden Knight shots during the Caps' successful 5-on-3 penalty-kill earlier in the third period.

Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch had a wide-open net over Holtby's right shoulder.

"We have to do the same things [at home] that we did tonight, try to dictate the play, make them turn over pucks". "That's one of our strengths".

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz held a conference call Thursday afternoon, a day after the franchise's first ever win of a Stanley Cup Final game. But Caps' fans will - throughout this series and very likely for years to come.

Game three takes place in Washington on Saturday.

Before the playoffs began, the answer to that felt like a resounding no. He was helpless on both knees instead, left skate sealed against the far post, shoulders and chest squared toward the visiting bench, where captain Alex Ovechkin would soon perform one damn accurate Kevin McCallister impression upon witnessing what miracles the Washington Capitals goalie somehow conjured next.

Washington's Jakub Vrana nearly restored the two-score lead late in the second period, but hit the right post much to the delight of Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

After a rough opener in Vegas, Holtby rounded back into something approaching his form in back-to-back shutouts to close the Eastern Conference finals. Ticket prices will remain at their normal fares, $5 to $8, and anyone with a weekly pass will still be able to use it for the late-night train.

On one end, Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has been channelling his inner Dominik Hasek with a barrel-roll stop on T.J. Oshie in Game 2.

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There's been bone-crunching hits and spilled blood, game-winning goals from unlikely heroes and so many lead changes and momentum swings that you'd be a fool to switch channels even a second before the final buzzer.

But Eller again took advantage of the opportunity to play an increased role, scoring a 4-on-4 goal with 2:33 left in the first period to tie it 1-1.

In postseason failures of yore, this would have been the moment when it all unraveled for Washington. The Danish forward failed to hit an open net on a rushed play for a potential tying goal late in Game 1.

In the Washington locker room, Ovechkin struggled to find words. He's the leading scorer in the playoffs. The grinding veteran forward with a 2009 Stanley Cup ring from Pittsburgh hadn't scored since February 26, 2016, adding up to the longest active goal-scoring drought in the National Hockey League.

"It's great. Everyone's got jerseys on, every store is selling Golden Knights stuff, memorabilia is everywhere".

"We played smart. We played hard", Ovechkin said.

Holtby, who made 37 saves in the win, wasn't as overwhelmed by the play, which went viral quickly.

The expansion Golden Knights entered the game 11-1 when scoring first in the playoffs.

At Vegas Sportsbooks around the city, they are stuck between wanting the team to win and not wanting them to win because a Stanley Cup in Vegas means a massive loss for them.

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